meeting of the minds, a

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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