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agree to disagree

Of two parties, to mutually accept that they simply do not (and will not) share the same view on a particular issue, in the interest of moving past the issue or avoiding further confrontation. After their discussion about politics intensified, Fred and Sue had to agree to disagree before it impacted their friendship. I'm sick of arguing with you, so let's just agree to disagree and move on from this issue.
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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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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said after talks with Greece's Yanis Varoufakis in Berlin that they had different views but had agreed to disagree -- but Varoufakis directly contracted him in their joint news conference.
They finally, if acrimoniously, agreed to disagree.
We went around in circles until we agreed to disagree.
When asked at a recent press conference how she and Guerriero would treat the issue of gay marriage, Swifts response was a simpering "We've agreed to disagree.
about 750 members of the greater dance community walked and watched, ate and argued, agreed and agreed to disagree, listened, laughed and danced together.