agree to disagree


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agree to disagree

Cliché [for two or more parties] to calmly agree not to come to an agreement in a dispute. We have accomplished nothing except that we agree to disagree.
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agree to disagree

to decide not to argue about something any more The two countries can agree to disagree on this issue and still have a cooperative relationship.
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We can agree to disagree whether certain government programs should be allowed, but not whether acts of violence should be allowed.
Well," one of us invariably says when it's time to hang up the phone or get some sleep, "I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree.
In her world, there seems to be no way to agree to disagree.
The representatives of the various faiths sometimes see common ground, and more often agree to disagree.
John, stated, "While we must respectfully agree to disagree with Governor Kulongoski on his veto of HB 2480, we will continue to work with the governor, the state legislature, and the Oregon Department of Human Service to ensure optimized care for all Oregonians with chronic hepatitis C, and to fully implement effective hepatitis C control and prevention.
Can we agree to disagree without questioning the other's motives?
Respectfully agree to disagree when practical so that consensus can be reached eventually with an outcome that suits everyone.
meeting tonight at City Hall's Council Chambers, two months after a community meeting where participants could only agree to disagree.
Great arts advocates, like great lovers, sometimes have to agree to disagree.