agree to disagree


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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.
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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.
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We can agree to disagree whether certain government programs should be allowed, but not whether acts of violence should be allowed.
Well," one of us invariably says when it's time to hang up the phone or get some sleep, "I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree.
In her world, there seems to be no way to agree to disagree.
The representatives of the various faiths sometimes see common ground, and more often agree to disagree.
Can we agree to disagree without questioning the other's motives?
meeting tonight at City Hall's Council Chambers, two months after a community meeting where participants could only agree to disagree.
Great arts advocates, like great lovers, sometimes have to agree to disagree.