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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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The prime minister's adviser said that Rehman's time would be better spent condemning the atrocities in Kashmir rather than finding common ground the two leading opposition parties.
ON FINDING COMMON GROUND: "I'll compromise you through that window!"
They describe their backgrounds, their convictions and how they were formed, and the basis for finding common ground between them, then discuss issues of truthfulness, civility, and unity in diversity as crucial ideals in the US; how they are under attack; what can be done to support or restore them; and the danger to society their abandonment would bring.
Connecting with people means finding common ground on which to communicate and build trust.
Trump met Israeli and Palestinian leaders in his recent regional tour, during which he called for finding common ground for settling the protracted strife between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Finding common ground with our European partners to establish a level playing field internationally will help support cross-border activity with the appropriate regulation and supervision.
Rev Keith Hitchman, who organises the breakfasts, said: "These events are about finding common ground between businesses and community leaders and debating the ways in which the different sectors can mutually benefit one another for the sake of the wider region."
Finding common ground before the February European Council - as hoped for by both capitals - will therefore go a long way toward securing a deal.
The tough task of finding common ground on the prickliest elements of CAP reform became even more evident at the last Agriculture Council under the Danish Presidency, which presented a progress report on the negotiations.
Qantas said that it has met with the union on numerous occasions since September 2010 and is committed to finding common ground through negotiation.
>TWEET OF THE WEEK Finding common ground among faiths can help us bridge needless divides at a time when unified action is more crucial than ever.
"It doesn't feel like we're finding common ground on Iraq in Washington.
Better still, how do we remain "one nation, indivisible?" Is there any real hope for finding common ground?
Here the future implications on Sudan could range from new rounds of potential violence to finally finding common ground and genuine growth and the rudimentary creation of basic infrastructure in the south, east and west.