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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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He comes to the table eager and hungry; he swallows his soup--there is an undefinable lack about it somewhere; thinks the fish is going to be the thing he wants-- eats it and isn't sure; thinks the next dish is perhaps the one that will hit the hungry place--tries it, and is conscious that there was a something wanting about it, also.
Tillerson said he did not think it would be realistic to say ahead of any talks that the US would participate only if North Korea comes to the table ready to give up their programme.
Duo PR, founded by Mosley and Foley in 2004, comes to the table with consumer PR knowledge, with a specialty focus on national and regional clients in the food and beverage, travel, and health and wellness industries.
Mum, dad, the kids, can all grab a seat at a table straight away, sit in their chairs, relax and their food comes to the table.
The Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie comes to the table in (spoiler alert) a skillet.
GE Antares comes to the table with flexible, workable financing structures plus a high certainty of execution, said Rob Newbold, managing principal at Graham Partners.
Next, Chef de Cuisine Jose Manuel comes to the table to prepare another 'on the spot' dish for us.
Lazo comes to the table looking at businesses through the lens of marketing while Waldrop views business from the operations side.
Our position remains unchanged," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung Seok told a news briefing, adding that if North Korea comes to the table for talks, it could raise whatever issues it wants to.
Everyone comes to the table with different expertise.
Obama comes to the table with a large-margin election win over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
There is a huge difference in how a compromise will look if Israel comes to the table as "foreign occupiers," or as a party that has just territorial claims.
If the opposition comes to the table to back the bailout, a referendum is not needed,'' the prime minister was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Business is business and you never know but I hope Mayweather comes to the table first.
If he comes to the table and talks sense then it can happen.