find common ground

find common ground

To find shared ideas, interests, or beliefs, especially between people who often disagree. I was worried when my boyfriend and uncle started arguing over their different political views, but luckily they found common ground when discussing their favorite TV shows.
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find common ground

COMMON If two people or groups who generally disagree find common ground, they find a particular subject or opinion that they agree about. The participants seem unable to find common ground on the issue of agriculture. Both leaders were keen to stress that they were seeking to find common ground. Note: You can also say that people or groups are on common ground. Mike and I were on common ground. We both wanted what was in the best interests of the company.
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Talking to a private news channel, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that there is a need to find common ground in diplomacy, for resolving the issues.
Washington:The meeting of US defence secretary Jim Mattis with the leaders of Pakistan during his visit to Islamabad early this week was to find common ground in the fight against terrorism, the Pentagon said on Friday, reports The Firstpost.
On hot-button issues, Rubio focuses on "the space between" where Catholics can find common ground.
chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Republicans want to work with President Obama to find common ground on tax reform but declined to state a specific timeframe.
With the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF) on the agenda of the 7-8 February EU summit, pressure on Paris and Berlin to find common ground has gone up a notch.
I think parties will be able to find common ground with other parties," Respublika party leader Omurbek Babanov told AKIpress.
According to Frangovska, the most awful thing is the cognizance that Macedonians and ethnic Albanians continue living in two parallel worlds where, even though it is hard to admit, cannot find common ground.
Andrew Bossom uses what one client calls a "brilliant mind" to find common ground for people he is bringing together.
Summary: US President Barack Obama was heckled as he urged both sides in the abortion debate to find common ground.
What we need now is to find common ground through the Turkish mediator.
Representative Todd Tiahrt, R-Kansas, and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in a discussion headlined "The New Political Figure: Social Conservatives and Liberals (occasionally) Find Common Ground to Reunite America" during the NCEW convention in Kansas City.
The belief that it is possible to find common ground between Islam and the west rises from 46 percent among those with no formal education to 64 percent amongst those with post-secondary education.
As religious leaders from diverse Faith communities, we find common ground in affirming that the best interests of the child must prevail over adults' exercise of their liberty.
An upcoming Ottawa conference on land reclamation represents a place where corporate and scientific worlds are able to find common ground.