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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.
See also: agree, disagree

disagree with (one)

To have a negative physical effect on one. Can we go to a different restaurant? The food there always seems to disagree with me.
See also: disagree

I beg to disagree

I politely disagree. I'm sorry, headmaster, but I beg to disagree. Students at this school should have more access to financial aid and scholarships, not less. He thinks that the evening was a disaster, but I beg to disagree—I saw plenty of guests enjoying themselves!
See also: beg, disagree

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

disagree with someone

[for food or drink] to upset someone's stomach. Milk always disagrees with me. Onions disagree with my husband, so he never eats them.
See also: disagree

disagree (with someone) (about someone or something)

 and disagree (with someone) (on someone or something)
to hold views about someone or something that are opposed to someone else's views. I take it you disagree with me about Tom. Don't disagree about Tom with me. I disagree about this with almost everyone. I disagree with you.

agree to differ


agree to disagree

If two people who are arguing about something agree to differ or agree to disagree, they decide to stop arguing because neither of them is going to change their opinion. I find some of his views very curious and we've agreed to differ on some things. You and I are going to have to agree to disagree on this issue.
See also: agree, differ

agree to differ

cease to argue about something because neither party will compromise or be persuaded.
See also: agree, differ

aˌgree to ˈdiffer

(of two or more people) allow each other to have different opinions about something, especially in order to avoid more argument: Our views on this matter are so different that we’ll just have to agree to differ.
See also: agree, differ
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adults disagreed a lot, and only 14% disagreed a little, that they like to know as much information about ingredients as possible when shopping for food products.
Among GPs, 60% disagreed that the plans for revalidation would help to identify and deal with doctors who are not fit to practise (32% disagreed and a further 28% strongly disagreed) while only 16% agreed (15% agreed and a further 1% strongly agreed).
8% (n=19) of BBM students disagreed with the statement, 'It is easy to identify those who have a mental illness' ([chi square]=30.
When Florida lawyers were asked if the courts are impartial and apply the laws as written, 37 percent of respondents agreed while 34 percent disagreed, and 28 percent were neutral on the question.
For all other age, education, and income groups, more respondents disagreed than agreed with the idea of charging accident response fees.
Four percent strongly disagreed or disagreed with the statement.
Across the UK 49pc of motorists strongly disagreed with that and a further 18pc slightly disagreed (67pc in total).
And 38 percent of respondents "strongly" disagreed that the government will make necessary changes to keep Medicare strong, and 25 percent "somewhat" disagreed.
The poll, of over 1,800 GPs, found 52% disagreed or strongly disagreed that the reforms would create a patientled NHS.
5% strongly disagreed with the statement that it would be better for their organizations to stop offering health care benefits and pay a fine under the new law.
About 33% of employees disagreed that their credit union had good communication between departments.
While 43% of health visitors felt that they had adequate resources, 38% disagreed.
Fifty-six percent agreed or strongly agreed that they would primarily teach for the money, while 26 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed with this statement.
Less than 20 percent of our under-50 shoppers agreed strongly that Wal-Mart's prices are consistently lower, and almost as many disagreed.
Specific differences by item are as follows: Of the students in the experimental group, 67 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed that they read more, 76 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed that they studied with others more, and 67 percent were undecided or marked N/A about the usefulness of the question-answer sessions, reflecting the fact that few attended these sessions.