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common thread

An idea or theme that is consistently present in several different areas or things. What is the common thread in these three novels?
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common thread (to all this)

Fig. a similar idea or pattern to a series of events. All of these incidents are related. There is a common thread to all this.
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A common thread among student course evaluations indicated that some students wanted a different type of interaction in addition to the threaded discussions that are widely used.
And it runs as a common thread through each of the other strategies, from clarifying, to separating, to simplifying, to measurement and the tracking of results against expectations.
* In the five-part portfolio, communication is a strategy and a common thread running through the other strategies.
An emotionally charged, positive account that threads together case studies in the hope of finding a common thread that will promote a better tomorrow even amid diversely conflicting worldviews.
The report read in one section: "...members perceive advancing the profession more as a common thread among the membership than existing IABC programs and services.
For every $25 donation, one child can participate in a Common Threads program, noted the news release.