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agreement in principle

An agreement in which the general terms or conditions of a deal are accepted without the complete details having been specified or necessarily agreed upon. There was an agreement in principle that the government would cover the cost of building a new school, but so far we haven't seen a clear proposal on how this would be accomplished.
See also: agreement, principle

gentleman's agreement

A legally non-binding arrangement that is guaranteed only by a verbal or mutually understood agreement by the parties involved. Though my father left me his entire estate in his will, I made a gentleman's agreement with my brother to share the wealth equally between us.
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in agreement (with someone or something)

In harmony with someone or something; matching someone or something. Are you two in agreement about having pizza for dinner? The suspect's statement is not in agreement with the information witnesses have given us.
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1. Fixed; inflexible; unbreakable. But not playing ball in the house is one of Mom's ironclad rules! I think any lawyer will have a hard time getting you out of that contract—it's ironclad.
2. Unable to be contradicted. I didn't even know what to say in response to the ironclad argument made by the opposing counsel.

reach an accord

To achieve some agreement, settlement, or compromise (with someone), especially after a period of debate, argument, negotiation, etc. The state prosecutors say they have reached an accord with the CEO regarding his suspected involvement in racketeering. The heads of state reached an accord to implement a new trade deal between the six countries.
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reach an agreement

To achieve some accord, settlement, or compromise (with someone), especially after a period of debate, argument, negotiation, etc. The state prosecutors say they have reached an agreement with the CEO regarding his suspected involvement in racketeering. The heads of state reached an agreement to implement a new trade deal between the six countries.
See also: agreement, reach

reach an agreement with (someone)

To achieve some accord, settlement, or compromise with someone, especially after a period of debate, argument, negotiation, etc. The state prosecutors say they have reached an agreement with the CEO regarding his suspected involvement in the racketeering allegations.
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sweetheart agreement

1. An industrial agreement made between an employer and local labor union officials containing terms beneficial to the employer without the knowledge of the employees, typically in exchange for money to the union or its leaders. It was later discovered that the union leader had made a sweetheart agreement with the company that eliminated employees' right to strike in exchange for a hefty yearly bonus for himself. The automotive manufacturer decided to move its factories to a different country, where it established a sweetheart agreement with the local labor union to pay workers substantially less than those previously enjoyed by American employees.
2. Any kind of agreement or contract that is mutually beneficial two the two parties directly involved, typically at the expense of a third party that is not privy to the agreement. It turns out the athletic director had in place a sweetheart agreement with the national athletics association, essentially receiving kickbacks every time one of his athletes performed well. The charity has come under fire for what some are calling a sweetheart agreement with a for-profit events organizer that receives nearly 40% of the annual donations the charity receives.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in agreement

(with someone or something) in conformity with someone or something; agreeing with someone or something. We are in total agreement. I am in agreement with your proposal.
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reach an accord (with someone)

 and reach an agreement (with someone)
to come to an agreement with someone. I hope that we can reach an accord with the union so work can start again. We will try one more time to reach an agreement with you. We reached an agreement and signed a contract.
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sweetheart agreement

 and sweetheart deal
a private agreement reached between a public agency or government official and a private company that includes illicit payments or special favors. They found that the mayor was involved in a number of sweetheart agreements. Most of the building contractors in town would be out of business if they didn't have sweetheart deals with the local politicians.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a gentleman's agreement


a gentlemen's agreement

A gentleman's agreement or a gentlemen's agreement is an informal agreement that is not written down but in which people trust one another to do what they have promised. We had no contract; it was done by a gentleman's agreement. I'm hoping we can come to a gentlemen's agreement, Colonel.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a gentleman's agreement

an arrangement or understanding which is based on the trust of both or all parties, rather than being legally binding.
1991 Charles Anderson Grain: Entrepreneurs There had been a ‘gentleman's agreement’ by the Grain Growers not to enter the markets of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool's predecessor.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a ˌgentleman’s aˈgreement

(also a ˌgentlemen’s aˈgreement) an agreement, a contract, etc. in which nothing is written down because both people trust each other not to break it: ‘Why don’t you tell him you don’t want to sell it now?’ ‘I can’t possibly. It was a gentleman’s agreement and I must keep to it.’
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In other words, Israel will be able to further exploit this deception by claiming that an Interim Agreement calling for only a partial withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian Lands, when coupled with peace treaties with Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, will constitute a fulfillment of the literal terms of Resolution 242.
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And the Nethercutt Amendment cuts off certain types of economic aid for countries unwilling to sign such agreements, including assistance related to disability issues, the promotion of democracy, and the curbing of human trafficking.
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The HIV protease inhibitor project is valued atEUR 64m, of which EUR 2m is a license fee due on signing of the agreement. Medivir is entitled to royalties from worldwide sales of future products, except for the Nordic market where Medivir has retained marketing rights.
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Buyers striving to survive an auction process are making a significant effort to be better informed about the quality of a target's assets and exposures, and are using that data to negotiate an agreement that will win them the deal and mitigate their risk.
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