sing from the same hymn sheet


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sing from the same hymn sheet

To have the same understanding of something as someone else; to say the same things about something as other people, especially in public. Primarily heard in UK. I think we should have a meeting with everyone who's involved in the project. That way, we'll all be singing from the same hymn sheet before we begin. Make sure everyone from the campaign is singing from the same hymn sheet before we release any kind of statement to the press.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing

sing from the same hymn sheet

or

sing from the same song sheet

BRITISH
If two or more people sing from the same hymn sheet or sing from the same song sheet, they express the same opinions about a subject in public. The important thing is to bring together the departments so that we're all singing from the same hymn sheet. As she and her husband deal with the latest scandal, they can at least be relied on to sing from the same song sheet.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing

sing from the same hymn (or song) sheet

present a united front in public by not disagreeing with one another. British informal
2000 South China Morning Post We're all singing from the same hymn sheet and there is a real will to clean up the game, though it may take a life ban to restore cricket's credibility.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing

sing from the same ˈsong/ˈhymn sheet

(informal) say the same things and agree about a subject, especially in public: We really need to make sure we are all singing from the same hymn sheet before the press conference.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing, song
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He feels with the World Anti-Doping Agency now established, everyone should sing from the same hymn sheet.
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It is a glaring conflict from a Government coalition which should either sing from the same hymn sheet or split altogether.
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WHEN leaders of the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church sing from the same hymn sheet, they should be heeded.
WHEN the leaders of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church sing from the same hymn sheet, they should be heeded.
Ministers are supposed to sing from the same hymn sheet.
One of the reasons the Tories lost the Election was because their MPs didn't sing from the same hymn sheet.