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agreement in principle

An agreement in which the general terms and/or conditions of a deal are accepted without the complete details having been specified or necessarily agreed upon. There was an agreement in principle that the government would cover the cost of building a new school, but so far we haven't seen a clear proposal on how this would be accomplished.
See also: agreement, principle

gentleman's agreement

A legally non-binding arrangement that is guaranteed only by a verbal or mutually understood agreement by the parties involved. Though my father left me his entire estate in his will, I made a gentleman's agreement with my brother to share the wealth equally between us.
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in agreement

(with someone or something) in conformity with someone or something; agreeing with someone or something. We are in total agreement. I am in agreement with your proposal.
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reach an accord (with someone)

 and reach an agreement (with someone)
to come to an agreement with someone. I hope that we can reach an accord with the union so work can start again. We will try one more time to reach an agreement with you. We reached an agreement and signed a contract.
See also: accord, reach

sweetheart agreement

 and sweetheart deal
a private agreement reached between a public agency or government official and a private company that includes illicit payments or special favors. They found that the mayor was involved in a number of sweetheart agreements. Most of the building contractors in town would be out of business if they didn't have sweetheart deals with the local politicians.

a gentleman's agreement


a gentlemen's agreement

A gentleman's agreement or a gentlemen's agreement is an informal agreement that is not written down but in which people trust one another to do what they have promised. We had no contract; it was done by a gentleman's agreement. I'm hoping we can come to a gentlemen's agreement, Colonel.
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a gentleman's agreement

an arrangement or understanding which is based on the trust of both or all parties, rather than being legally binding.
1991 Charles Anderson Grain: Entrepreneurs There had been a ‘gentleman's agreement’ by the Grain Growers not to enter the markets of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool's predecessor.
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a ˌgentleman’s aˈgreement

(also a ˌgentlemen’s aˈgreement) an agreement, a contract, etc. in which nothing is written down because both people trust each other not to break it: ‘Why don’t you tell him you don’t want to sell it now?’ ‘I can’t possibly. It was a gentleman’s agreement and I must keep to it.’
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Phillips told workers based in the eastern region who attended an AFN conference on the agreement at a Toronto hotel Nov.
The agreement should provide milestone dates for substantial completion and final completion, as well as scheduling alternatives and options for collecting financial damages if delays occur.
Even if a stock loan resulted in a common law sale, the agreement would be structured to qualify for nonrecognition treatment under Sec.
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Delta Air Lines' pilots say they may strike if their union does not reach a new contract agreement with the carrier.
Nodurft failed to make these payments in a timely fashion and his wife had to hire an attorney to enforce the agreement, he agreed to pay the attorney fees.
The Federal Reserve Board on June 1, 2004, announced the execution of a written agreement by and between CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc.
You should likewise take legal issues into account when entering a distribution agreement so as to be able to negotiate from a stronger position in case of a wrongful termination or similar claim.
6011-4(b)(3)(ii)(B) an M&A agreement subject to an NDA will not be considered a "confidential transaction" as long as a taxpayer is permitted to disclose the tax treatment and structure of the transaction no later than the earlier of three events: public announcement of discussions, public announcement of the transaction, or the date of execution of an agreement to enter into the transaction.
The Court upheld the right of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces federal anti-discrimination laws, to seek all available remedies for job discrimination, regardless of an arbitration agreement signed by the employee.
However, a well-developed body of case law now has emerged under the act, identifying several situations where a nonsignatory to an arbitration agreement still may be bound to arbitrate.
But that is not how Bush--and later Clinton administration--officials talked about the potential agreement to the American people.
Please understand, however, that these are only my tentative thoughts on the Interim Agreement.
It's really a very important agreement in the field of international environmental policy making for several reasons," says Wuester.
The end-user agreement is a pre-approved agreement that states the receiving country will protect and respect the classification of the same configured item from another country.