set aside (one's) differences

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set aside (one's) differences

Of multiple people or groups of people, to forget about or set aside the things that one argues about, disagrees with, or dislikes about the other side, usually in order to achieve a common goal. It's really remarkable to see the two factions set aside their differences in the name of reclaiming their country as a sovereign state. We'll need to set aside our differences if we hope to establish peace in the region.
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Al-Mouallimi stressed that initiatives such as this were essential if global terrorism was to be defeated, and that countries would have to set aside differences and work together, and view attacks on one as an attack on all, as with a conventional military alliance.
He called on MPs to set aside differences and support Prime Minister Theresa May for the country's supreme interest.
Such cooperation can help the companies avoid regulatory scrutiny by showing critics and lawmakers that they can set aside differences when it comes to battling outside threats that affect their users.
We need to set aside differences while we look at what is best for our community and the right thing to do for generations to come.
BMP said it is elated that leaders of the trade union movement have set aside differences in order, adding "political consciousness and organizing are the ultimate weapon of the working class."
To facilitate the healthy development of cross-strait relations, 82.9 percent of respondents said that both sides should uphold mutual respect, set aside differences and engage in communication without political preconditions.
The PML-N President said all political parties, state institutions and people of Pakistan should set aside differences, learn from past mistakes, show unity and discipline in their ranks against internal and external threats and make this country a peaceful, progressive, tolerant and democratic state.
ThePML-NPresident saidallpolitical parties, state institutions and people ofPakistanshould set aside differences, learnfrompast mistakes, showunityand discipline in their ranks against internal and external threats and make this country a peaceful, progressive, tolerant and democratic state.
Historically, tribes set aside differences to join in a "powwow," or gathering, where they celebrated, competed and found common ground.
KARACHI -- Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Tuesday held out an olive branch to disgruntled party leader Farooq Sattar to set aside differences and assume charge as party convener.
Siddiqui, who heads the Bahadurabad faction of the MQM, had extended an olive branch to the disgruntled party leader to set aside differences and assume charge as party convener.
Serraj called on the officials to set aside differences and work for the national interest.
| | | THERE may be an attempt to foster a new era of conciliation and cooperation at the city council and certainly new leader Mr Clancy's olive branch to his Tory and Lib Dem rivals demonstrated an early willingness to set aside differences for the good of the city.
Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they do not live up to all of your expectations.