Neighbors can also be rather nice and even useful. They may sign for and hold your packages for you while you're away, and even return them to you intact. They may help you carry stuff, see that you're hanging a picture straight, cook you dinner, throw good parties, and yes, lend you things. It's best that you return such things promptly.

They can also get really toasted with their friends and maybe pound on their floor (your ceiling) during a game on TV, or hawk up mucuous all the time, or hang themselves. You never know. These have all happened.

Neighbors (things), in a networking context, are routers sharing a common data link. Routers in a distance vector network route by rumor, i.e., from neighbor updates; in link state networks, a router sends link state advertisements (LSAs) to a neighbor and those LSAs are in turn flooded to that router's neighbors.

Across the hall neighbors...

I've got a friend who has an unusual problem. He gets really worked up because his across the hall neighbor leaves a pair of his shoes in the hall next to his door. It's just an ordinary pair of shoes. I don't think they smell bad or anything; my friend just doesn't like to look at them when he walks by.

Now, I've had neighbors that leave trash in front of their door and I met someone the other day whose neighbor leaves cat food and a smelly pillow outside their door. These things bother me slightly.
But a pair of shoes?
I could probably get past the whole thing if that was all there was to tell. But he got so irritated by the shoes that he actually stole the lace from one of them. Not even a note or a polite confrontation in the hallway, he just steals one of his laces!
I gave him a hard time about it, so he put the lace back beside one of the shoes. The poor guy must not have realized the lace was gone, because the next day the shoes were gone, but the lace was still there.
A few days later another pair of shoes appears outside the neighbor's door and what does my friend do? Swipes another lace.

neigh"bor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neighbored (?); p. pr. & vb. n Neighboring.]


To adjoin; to border on; tobe near to.

Leisurely ascending hills that neighbor the shore.


To associate intimately with. [Obs.] Shak.


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