meeting of the minds


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meeting of (the) minds

A situation in which two or more people reach an understanding or agreement. There was a meeting of the minds between finance industry leaders and law enforcement in order to help curb financial fraud. After debating for hours, we finally came to a meeting of minds and decided on a name for our band.
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meeting of the minds

the establishment of agreement; complete agreement. After a lot of discussion we finally reached a meeting of the minds. We struggled to bring about a meeting of the minds on the issues.
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meeting of the minds

Agreement, concord, as in The teachers and the headmaster had a meeting of the minds regarding smoking in school. This expression uses meet in the sense of "arrive at mutual agreement," as clergyman Edward B. Pusey did in a letter of 1851: "Devout minds, of every school ... meet at least in this."
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meeting of the minds

Agreement; concord.
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meeting of the minds, a

A mutual agreement or understanding. The term comes from contract law, where it describes the intentions of the parties to a contract. The legal sense dates from the mid-1800s. Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes refuted the idea that such an agreement is basic to a contract, writing in 1897 in the Harvard Law Review that a meeting of the minds was really a fiction. Nevertheless, the term has been adopted for various kinds of agreement. For example, a headline in an online journal, Technorati, for an article by Scott Hewitt about a meeting between President Obama and Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell read, “Is an Obama-McConnell Meeting of the Minds an Omen for November?” (August 6, 2010).
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"Meeting of the Minds is an opportunity for us to highlight some of the research that is taking place by students at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar," assistant dean for academic affairs, John Robertson said.
A highlight of this year's Meeting of the Minds was the newly added General Secretariat for Development and Planning category, which awards the two best projects that contribute to the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030.
Obama "has been struck by the fact that there has been a meeting of the minds in a lot of ways among his military advisers about what would be a safe and responsible way to redeploy our troops while protecting our interests in Iraq," an unnamed US senior administration official told the Times.
Meeting of the Minds Absent an agreement to the contrary, it is generally accepted that a broker will earn a commission when there is a "meeting of the minds" on all "essential business terms" between the seller and a ready, willing and able buyer.
When representing mature, established business owner, brokers in this market are not so much bringing about a meeting of the minds, but instead, we are faced with meeting the minds (psychologically) of our prewar customers.
Unless there has been a "meeting of the minds" on all of these elements, a lease is not created.
This eventually was resolved, but it showed that there was not a "meeting of the minds."
Two recent New York cases illustrate that a broker earns his commission only when the buyer and seller reach a "meeting of the minds" on all substantial issues of the transaction.
Personally, I get a tremendous level of excitement selling and leasing industrial and commercial real estate, from seeing the production line in the factory on a day-to-day basis, to meeting a diverse collection of players in the corporate and industrial sectors, to developing and implementing negotiating skills which make the most unlikely situations become a meeting of the minds. The days fly by, the deals are definitely there waiting to happen, and at the outset of 1994, this activity level is most encouraging.
If the houses have not come to a consensus yet, look for a last second meeting of the minds tonight.
It may also represent a meeting of the minds in price.
A meeting of the minds on price, especially on the part of banks that have foreclosed, is leading to a rush in the sale of multi-family properties.
We all know that the critical element to any successful transactions is a meeting of the minds. We have all heard stories of deals which seemed to be closing, yet at the last minute died.
Generally, to be entitled to commissions a broker must be the procuring cause in bringing about a meeting of the minds between the parties to a transaction.
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