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agree to differ

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 differ before it impacted their friendship. I'm sick of arguing with you, so let's just agree to differ and move on from this issue.
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agree to disagree

If two people who are arguing about something agree to differ or agree to disagree, they decide to stop arguing because neither of them is going to change their opinion. I find some of his views very curious and we've agreed to differ on some things. You and I are going to have to agree to disagree on this issue.
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agree to differ

cease to argue about something because neither party will compromise or be persuaded.
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aˌgree to ˈdiffer

(of two or more people) allow each other to have different opinions about something, especially in order to avoid more argument: Our views on this matter are so different that we’ll just have to agree to differ.
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Dear Editor, -I have enormous respect for your arts editor, Terry Grimley and have agreed to differ with him over the architectural merits of Millennium Point ('Landmarks of perfect beauty', Post, Nov 20).
We have agreed to differ because we cannot stop him, can we?
At the end of our discussion, we agreed to differ and I don't think I'll ever see things his way.
We agreed to differ on the delectability (or otherwise) of preserved squid and ox tripe, both of which I'm sure had been cooked beautifully by the kitchen.
Fifa bigwigs, however, have agreed to differ and have made their views plain in their judgement into the case.
Both teams agreed to differ on the chain of events with England A clearly aggrieved with the tourists' tactics of using part-time spinners Butt and Farhat in tandem for all but four of the second innings, which closed on 153-1 declared.
As boys do, we compared knives and agreed to differ.
Robson said: ""We have agreed to differ because we cannot stop him, can we?
But when all was said and done, and the parties agreed to differ, the motion was put to a vote and passed by a show of hands.
We don't find ourselves in agreement with mainland Europe, and America has also agreed to differ.
We agreed to differ before we punched each other's lights out.
Readers of old may recall that I crossed swords with Glynne many moons ago, and eventually we agreed to differ.