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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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"But at this stage, our governments have agreed to disagree civilly on the WPS issue while we manage our differences.
Summary: New York [United States], April 11 (ANI): Russia and the United States have reportedly agreed to disagree over a probe into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Vienna: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he had "agreed to disagree" with his Iranian and Russian counterparts on the fate of Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said after talks with Greece's Yanis Varoufakis in Berlin that they had different views but had agreed to disagree -- but Varoufakis directly contracted him in their joint news conference.
Israel and the United States alone voted against, four countries abstained, and the minister of culture from France (which, with Canada, cosponsored the initiative) bragged that "we are no longer the black sheep" in the fight against "cultural invasion" The United Kingdom's delegate called the vote against American culture "a great day for UNESCO," saying the two countries had "agreed to disagree"
It is consequently ironic that in a 1931 confrontation at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan between Fokine and Martha Graham, the greatest of Duncan's metaphorical dancing daughters, the misunderstanding between the two was so profound that at one point Graham informed the 50-year-old dance revolutionary, "You don't know anything about body movements." They finally, if acrimoniously, agreed to disagree. And yet Fokine's Five Principles were unconsciously adhered to by Graham, and for that matter Doris Humphrey, more than many classical choreographers.
We went around in circles until we agreed to disagree. But the debate reminded me of the communication professional's philosophical dilemma of positioning an organization in the most positive light without crossing into misrepresentation--or even deception.
Jiang and Schroder agreed to disagree about the state of human rights in China, he added.
When asked at a recent press conference how she and Guerriero would treat the issue of gay marriage, Swifts response was a simpering "We've agreed to disagree." Guerriero's work is cut out for him.
Suffice it to say that, pending the decision in Harper, the parties "agreed to disagree."
From July 19 through 23, in the year 2000, in Washington, D.C., about 750 members of the greater dance community walked and watched, ate and argued, agreed and agreed to disagree, listened, laughed and danced together.