the feeling is mutual used for saying that one person dislikes someone as much as that person dislikes them Eleanor couldn't stand the sight of Jenny, and the feeling was mutual. macmillandictionary.com

Is it possible to use "the feeling is mutual" in a positive sense?

I like her, and I think the feeling is mutual.

(meaning she likes me either)

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    The answer is 'yes'. – Mitch Dec 2 '14 at 14:36

Of course. It's used all the time.


Whether “the feeling is mutual” is positive depends on what feeling is referred to. The phrase will have a positive or negative sense depending on what the feeling is. For example, the phrases mutual regard, mutual esteem, and mutual liking all are positive and not uncommon. Google ngrams for mutual regard,mutual liking,mutual esteem shows the three phrases in wide use since the 1700's.

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