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in unison

1. In exact agreement or harmony. The board voted in unison to approve the development.
2. At the exact same time; simultaneously. We recited the poem in unison, in one unified voice. For this play to work, you all have to move in unison.

in unison

[of musical notes, instruments, or voices] having the same pitch. This part of the piece is performed in unison. The twins sang in unison.

in unison

1. In complete agreement, harmonizing exactly. For example, Their opinion was in unison with ours. [Early 1800s]
2. Saying the same thing at the same time, simultaneously, as in The whole class answered in unison. [Late 1800s] Both usages allude to the unison of music, a single identical pitch.

in unison (with somebody/something)


1 if people do or say something in unison, they all do it at the same time: ‘Good morning, Mrs Crawford’ the children shouted in unison.
2 if people or organizations are working in unison, they are working together, because they agree with each other: I am pleased to report that the various committees are now working in unison to thoroughly investigate this matter.
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Questioning how fireflies synchronize "does not come easily to us as human beings because we accept our own ability to dance or to march in unison as being second nature," argued John Buck in his classic 1976 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN article.
The mindless motion associated with big-city life is evoked by dancers striding in and out of the wings, a crowd hopping in unison (as if waiting for a traffic light to change), and -- very effective -- by some hinge-like sit-ups and flopping torsos rendered with alarm-clock precision.
I hope that the investigation will restore credibility in Unison.
Finally, most effectively, they pushed the ball wide and crossed into the area, but we held - darting about like schools of fish in unison and clearing first time under pressure.
In order to thrive in this new era, developers have to be able to work in unison, as a team, regardless of where they are.
With 4,000 employees now working in unison through Vignette's multilingual portal, efficiency has improved as the right information is delivered to the right people, and the HR department is aiding with change management processes.
Among the many enhancements in Unison version 6 is compatibility with Sun Microsystems' enterprise-series servers, enabling enterprises to deploy Unison more widely and to run the application on more cost-effective hardware platforms.