great minds


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great minds

A phrase used when one has the same thought or idea as someone else. A shortened version of the phrase "great mind think alike." Oh, you wanted to see that movie, too? Great minds!
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Great minds think alike.

Prov. Very intelligent people tend to come up with the same ideas at the same time. (Used playfully, to commend someone for expressing the same thing you were thinking of; implies that you are congratulating that person for being as smart as you are. Also Great minds run in the same gutters, a casual and jocular variant.) Jill: Let's ride our bikes to the store instead of walking. Jane: I was just thinking we should do that, too. Jill: Great minds think alike.
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great minds think alike

COMMON People say great minds think alike when they have the same idea as someone else, to show that they think they are both clever. I hear you gave Emma the same present as me — great minds think alike! Note: Sometimes people just say great minds with the same meaning. `I decided to catch the earlier train too.' — `Ah well, great minds!' Note: This expression is often used humorously.
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great minds think alike

used to flag up the coincidence when two people think of the same thing at the same time or have the same opinion.
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References in classic literature ?
This fact is interesting, as illustrating the secret connection and sympathy which always exist between great minds.
That the members of the aforesaid Corresponding Society be, and are hereby informed, that their proposal to pay the postage of their letters, and the carriage of their parcels, has been deliberated upon by this Association: that this Association considers such proposal worthy of the great minds from which it emanated, and that it hereby signifies its perfect acquiescence therein.
Master," said Gossip Tourangeau, as he took leave of the archdeacon, "I love wise men and great minds, and I hold you in singular esteem.
Many's the man would have given his head to have had my lady told, if they had known,--for, to be sure, the biggest lord in the land might be proud--but, I protest, I have a great mind not to tell you.
I MENTIONED before that I had a great mind to see the whole island, and that I had travelled up the brook, and so on to where I built my bower, and where I had an opening quite to the sea, on the other side of the island.
I've a great mind to try at it," said Grant, "for 'tis a poor thing not to be one's own master.
Herbert Spencer," said the man at the desk in the library, "oh, yes, a great mind.
In his oration for the bachelor's degree, he gives me to understand, he will treat of the classical myths, viewed in the aspect of baby stories, and has a great mind to discuss the expediency of using up the whole of ancient history, for the same purpose.
I have a great mind to go back into Norfolk directly, and put everything at once on such a footing as cannot be afterwards swerved from.
Now, do you know, baron, I have a great mind to pick a quarrel with you for asking it; as if all the world did not know who the Countess G was.
I have a great mind to charge you with the commission, Menneville; he may know me.
But Cornelius was not only possessed of a great mind, but also of a great heart.
This came to my ears before my new partner heard of it, and I had a great mind to buy it; so I went to him and told him of it.
To a great mind, nothing is little," remarked Holmes, sententiously.
I've a great mind to go over and tell the old gentleman so