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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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We appreciate the support of our associates in approving this agreement as well as the hard work of UFCW and company negotiators who found common ground during renewed negotiations over the past several weeks.
Panellists Khalaf Al Habtoor, chairman of Al Habtoor Group; Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa); and Frode Mauring, resident coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme, found common ground in their approach to projects.
Kurdish and pro-Israel activists found common ground at a rally in front of the White House on Saturday, as a group of Kurdish activists joined pro-Israel demonstrators in solidarity with the Jewish state's struggle against Hamas.
At a joint House and Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, officials found common ground over the need for conservation and the development of new technologies that could be used to increase the state's water reserves.
On the other hand, they found common ground in their shared willingness to "put politics and large stakes back in the centre of European politics".
"Italy's female militants," the editors conclude, "could be found everywhere Italians migrated, but that they--like Italian men--more easily found common ground with other workers in labor movements shaped by anarchists, syndicalists or, later, communist ideals, not those of central Europe and German social democracy or Anglo-American labor reform." (20) Their main conclusion is that Italian women became radicals and practiced their radicalism as members of families.
When it seems they have found common ground through their love, an unforeseen event threatens to separate them forever.
Two masters of rigour and restraint -- one tailoring cloth to flatter the figure, the other deploying concrete masses in light as a setting for human activity -- have found common ground. It was Armani who said, 'I want to create something as simple as possible but of lasting value, and I have always loved and admired the Japanese spirit in buildings', but the words would be equally apt for Ando.
They found common ground. Kecik told Egal of an experience of forgiving someone who had wronged him, linking it with a new approach to answering his country's needs.
In Risa Jaroslow's Pool Party Paradise II, dancers, bicyclists, a runner, and bystanders found common ground in the pleasure of water.
Despite their generally incompatible natures, oil and water have found common ground. On a surface with an unusual structure, each substance spreads out evenly, report Akira Fujishima of the University of Tokyo and his colleagues in the July 31 Nature.
Against this grave miscarriage of justice, these two great antagonists found common ground and fought the good fight together.
Respondents also found common ground on the importance of talking over their ethical concerns with others.
Obsidian Energy and FrontFour Capital Group announced that they have found common ground and entered into a settlement agreement, pursuant to which FrontFour will nominate two directors to be put forth for election to the Board of Directors at the company's 2018 Annual and Special Meeting.
This community of discourse drew on many traditions, from Christian charity to LePlayist social surveys, but found common ground in a faith in science and bourgeois republicanism.