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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.
See also: common, thread
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"You can imagine, Watson, with what eagerness I listened to this extraordinary sequence of events, and endeavored to piece them together, and to devise some common thread upon which they might all hang.
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Exploring a vast range from the question of the name of God, to the phenomenology of the body and recent biological research, to insights on twentieth-century European philosophy and traditional Jewish thought, Crossover Queries finds common threads and askance viewpoints in scattered amid centuries of human perspective.
However, as different as we all are, there are certain common threads that bind us all together.