come to the table

come to the table

To meet in order to negotiate or discuss how to resolve a particular issue or situation. If we can just get both sides to come to the table, I really think we can get them to agree to a contract.
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The Palestinians now have to show their will that they want to come to the table.
We're not giving the aid, we're going to make sure that they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process," she said.
United Steelworkers represents rubber workers in Ohio following a merger in the 1990s, has already come to the table to appease Goodyear.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last night threw his weight behind Bahrain's national dialogue, urging all parties to "seize the moment" and come to the table for talks "to address political and constitutional reform.
Andronikou said: "I think common sense will prevail and all parties will come to the table this weekend - but it has to be this weekend.