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agree in principle

To accept the general terms and/or conditions of a deal without having completed or agreed upon the specific details. The government has agreed in principle that it will 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: agree, principle

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.
See also: agree, disagree

agree to something

to consent to something; to allow something to be done; to approve something. If you don't agree to my leaving early, I'll just do it anyway.
See also: agree

agree (up)on someone or something

to agree to the choice of someone or something. Let's try to agree upon a date.
See also: agree, on

agree with someone

1. Lit. to hold the same opinion or judgment as someone else. I simply do not agree with you!
2. Fig. [for something] to be acceptable to someone as food. (Usually negative, referring to the disagreeable consequences of eating bad food.) Onions do not agree with me.
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(with someone) (about someone or something) and agree (with someone) ((up)on someone or something) [for two or more parties] to agree with one another about the facts concerning someone or something. I agree with you about Judy; she is brilliant. He agreed with Sam upon a time for the meeting.

agree with something

1. Fig. [for something] to look good or go well with something else. This dress does not agree with these shoes, does it?
2. Fig. [for something] to be in accord with something else. Your analysis agrees with mine.
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agree (with something) (in something)

[for grammatical features] to match or go together with other grammatical features. The subject and the verb agree in number.

Birds in their little nests agree.

Prov. People who live together should try hard to get along peacefully. (Usually used to admonish children not to fight with each other.) Brother: She called me a name! Sister: I did not! He's a liar! Father: Now, now, kids—birds in their little nests agree. Let's not argue about this, guys. Birds in their little nests agree.
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not agree with someone

[for food] to make someone ill; [for something that one has eaten] to give one stomach distress. Fried foods don't agree with Tom. I always have onions in my garden, but I never eat them. They just don't agree with me.
See also: agree, not

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.
See also: agree, disagree

I couldn't agree more

I support that very strongly I couldn't agree more with the opinions stated in your recent editorial.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form somebody couldn't agree more: Lots of people think the use of handheld phones while driving should be outlawed, and state lawmakers couldn't agree more.
See also: agree, more

agree to

To consent to something; accede to something: The store owner agreed to the supplier's new proposal for a weekly shipment. I cannot agree to going with you on such a dangerous adventure!
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agree with

1. To be in accord with someone or something: I agree with Mary that we should sell the car. Since we agree with each other, the matter is settled.
2. To be well suited to someone: The excitement of the big city certainly agrees with you!
3. To approve of something: The protesters don't agree with capital punishment.
4. To be easily digestible. Used in the negative: I didn't eat the crab cakes, since shellfish don't agree with me.
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References in classic literature ?
Then," said the New President, "I shall have to lock you up until you do agree.
I wish, he said, that you would hear me as well as him, and then I shall see whether you and I agree.
I agree," answered Thwackum, with great warmth, "with a man who asserts honour to be antecedent to religion
It's more just I should be helped by my own blood than strangers; and if we don't agree, I'll do my best it shall be through no fault of mine.
We agree to keep our own secret, and to work together in furtherance of our own schemes.
Notwithstanding the filing of this charge, the government agrees to "defer" its prosecution of the charge through pre-trial and trial proceedings if the defendant adheres to various obligations outlined in the DPA.
The counselor asks the student if the counselor may contact the LPC and discuss the student's situation with her and the student agrees.
If everyone on the block agrees, that can be switched.
Because the IRS agrees a discount is appropriate, it does not matter whether the taxpayer or estate is located within the jurisdiction of the Second or Sixth Circuits; the principle applies nationwide.
Furthermore, the parties agree that if an unanticipated need arises (such as, but not limited to, an audit by a taxing agency, or any other exogenous service not anticipated in this agreement by the parties) that ABC hereby agrees to perform this additional work at a mutually agreed upon price before the service is provided.
Studzinsky agrees, "You would certainly meet the parents in their pain, help them to see God as not causing this, and help them to take the experience and transform it into a promise of life.
Thus, by way of example, if a note were to specify that the "borrower agrees to pay interest [at a specified rate] on the unpaid principal amount until such amount shall become due and payable (whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise) and thereafter [at a specified default rate] until paid in full", it would be clear that post-maturity (and post-default) interest was intended.
6 million acres of timberland and an AFA director, agrees.
PK), majority owner of The Royal Arkansas Hotel & Suites, announced today that it agrees with the courts decision to appoint a receiver for its majority stake in The Royal Arkansas Hotel & Suites in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Speculation also abounds that the City Council and City Attorney James Hahn will agree to a consent decree issued by Lee's agency, but has anyone stopped to think about implications and consequences if the city agrees with the feds?