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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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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.
The residents are well into their golden years, but they have found common ground in an art class taught by the precocious second-grader, a student at Mission: Renaissance, a Glendale-based arts instruction program that offers classes to children, teens and adults throughout Southern California.
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.
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.
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.
The core team has attracted and continues to engage support from many business women who have found common ground in the goals of WISE - to educate, engage and empower knowledge workers in science, technology and engineering fields.
We gave ground, the administration gave ground and we found common ground,'' said an ebullient Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.
The core team has attracted and continues to engage support from many business women who have found common ground in the goals of WISE, to educate, engage and empower knowledge workers in science, technology and engineering fields.
He found common ground with the pope on that issue.
In the '80s, we found common ground in our exciting new roles in the work force.
The core team has attracted and continues to engage support from many businesswomen who have found common ground in the goals of WISE.
The core team is already attracting attention from other businesswomen who have found common ground in WISE's concerns and its goals to address them.