make common cause


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make common cause

(slightly formal)
to work together to achieve something A number of groups have made common cause with local people to stop the highway from being built. The two countries have begun to make common cause against shared enemies.
Related vocabulary: have something in common (with somebody/something)
See also: cause, common, make
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Besides, even though Africa is the oldest continent, it has amongst the youngest population and can make common cause with India on matters such as health, education and agriculture.
No matter what nationality, if Sunni Muslims make common cause with any group that attacks Iran, they will be met with enormous ferocity.
As the union leadership understood, the system of labor boss exploitation and ethnic discrimination made it extremely difficult for Japanese and Korean workers to make common cause (93).
The MQM needs to understand the complexities in Sindh and should expand to interior Sindh and make a serious effort to make common cause with an average Sindhi who had been left in the dark ages, while all the development was undertaken in urban Sindh.