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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.
When India finally agrees to that dialogue and comes to the table, such greetings will be better received.
"So much thought goes into creating each one of these unique masterpieces that when it comes to the table you don't know if you should admire and photograph it, or just stuff it straight into your mouth.
Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) [India], May 29 ( ANI ): Politicos on Monday welcomed the assertion of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the Centre is ready to talk to every stakeholder, including the Hurriyat Conference in the Valley, if it comes to the table.
"We want Ford Kenya and ANC to merge and form one political outfit so that when DP Ruto comes to the table with his party, we also sit with ours." Khalwale said.
In the upcoming summit between Washington and Pyongyang, Gallucci believes Kim Jong-un comes to the table with a good hand.
At CAFE BARBOSSO, the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara comes to the table with an egg in the center of a rich tangle of pasta, pancetta bits, cream and Parmesan cheese.
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. It's gone down fabulously.
The Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie comes to the table in (spoiler alert) a skillet.
Yep, it's just squid, but when it comes to the table, it's calamari.
Next, Chef de Cuisine Jose Manuel comes to the table to prepare another 'on the spot' dish for us.