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common cause

Any interest, goal, or other motivating factor that is shared between two or more people, groups, or organizations. The two political parties, typically so divided on social issues, were united in the common cause of eliminating homelessness.
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common cause

A joint interest, as in "The common cause against the enemies of piety" (from John Dryden's poem, Religio laici, or a Layman's Faith, 1682). This term originated as to make common cause (with), meaning "to unite one's interest with another's." In the mid-1900s the name Common Cause was adopted by a liberal lobbying group.
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The NGO filed a fresh plea following the apex court's oral observation during an earlier hearing in which it had said that if Common Cause comes across any move by the government to select the Lokpal and its members, it would be at liberty to approach the court for interim directions.
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Into the 1850s, following the splintering of the abolitionist coalition, the black community's common cause for racial uplift shifted away from moral perfectionism to the value and quality of labor.
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The plot thickens when Shelby decides to make common cause with a group of gay students trying to start a gay-straight alliance at Lubbock High.
From a machinery perspective, the most common cause in blown film extrusion is excessive drag resistance in the collapsing frame, which can permanently stretch the film near the middle of the roll.
We are required now to work together for the good of the country, In the days ahead, we must find common cause, we must join in the common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor.
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A continuation of the story begun in A Catch of Consequence, this features two women of similar temperaments but drastically different backgrounds who come together to fight for a common cause.
A heavy workload was found to be the most common cause of stress (57%), followed by outside influences (20%), lack of training (10%) and bullying (6%).
And the most common cause of accidental or violent death for men was suicide and probable suicide (35%).