build bridges

build bridges

To connect disparate people or groups. The senator was working to build bridges between the two parties on the contentious issue. A lingua franca is used to build bridges between people who do not speak the same language.
See also: bridge, build

build bridges

to increase understanding between different people or groups They wanted to build bridges and believed that an international conference would be the best way to start that process.
See also: bridge, build

build bridges

to improve relationships between people who are very different or do not like each other (often + between ) A local charity is working to build bridges between different ethnic groups in the area.
See build up a head of steam
See also: bridge, build
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The second video, "FHWA Works: Building Bridges Faster and Better to Save You Time and Money," shows how FFIWA is working closely with State and local partners to build bridges faster and safer using accelerated bridge construction techniques.
So we have given the nod to IRCON (Indian Railways Construction Company Limited) to help build bridges following signing of an understanding between the state and central governments.
Summary: A delegation from the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) has joined over 400 publishers from 35 countries in the 17th edition of Algeria International Book Fair held at the Exhibition Palace in Algiers to build bridges of communication with all parties involved in the Arabic cultural movement and throw more light on Arab writers and intellectuals.
The former IFA president, above, said: "The FA have a right to do what they feel is fit; all I would say is that the FA need to be more proactive within both UEFA and FIFA and they need to build bridges and build relationships.
Clergymen from the Church of England took on a team of Islam faith leaders in a game designed to build bridges between the two communities.
The federal government is sending New Hampshire more than $2 million to help build bridges on opposite sides of the state.
The program lasts the full week with an aim, organizers say, to build bridges between the two cultures through performance and the discussion they spark.
Summary: Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah urged the country's political parties Wednesday "to make the most out of the current atmosphere of reconciliation, and build bridges between once opposed factions.
FORMER professional dancer turned police community support officer Jo Jones-Kiamou is using the power of dance to build bridges with families in Hillfields.
In the meantime, she says, she will continue to build bridges.
In what ways will service-learning expand opportunities for student learning, improve communities, and build bridges across boundaries in schools, communities and universities in the 21st century?
Sandie Crisp from Los Angeles, who has been to all 35 of the festivals, thinks they offer an opportunity to build bridges.
New Mexico State University is developing the technology that will provide researcher information on how to build bridges with high performance concretes--advanced mixtures that could save highway departments lots of money.
Whether these tensions explode into a real clash of civilizations will depend on whether we build bridges or dig ditches between the West and Islam in three key places--Turkey, Iraq, and Israel-Palestine.