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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

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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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As they should both be singing from the same hymn sheet, perhaps Coun Lines could tell us what the political point was.
What better way to do this than to collectively have the children all singing from the same hymn sheet that gangs and guns have no place on our streets.
Cringe-making exhortations such as: Let's all make sure we are singing from the same hymn sheet.
WORKERS and managers who use jargon such as "blue sky thinking" and "singing from the same hymn sheet" are being warned the phrases are out of date and should be replaced with newer buzzwords.
Workers and managers who use office jargon such as "blue sky thinking" and "singing from the same hymn sheet" were yesterday warned that the phrases were out of date and should be replaced with newer buzzwords.
Workers and managers who use office jargon such as 'blue sky thinking' and 'singing from the same hymn sheet' are warned that the phrases are out of date and should be replaced with newer buzzwords.
IG's Jeremy Scott was singing from the same hymn sheet when he said: "To get so close and have it snatched from our grasp in the last few minutes is hard to take.
ITALY coach Marcello Lippi and his Mexican counterpart Ricardo Volpe are singing from the same hymn sheet, lamenting the effect on the national teams of the foreigners in their domestic leagues.
They meet at Tannadice on Tuesday hoping to go on to a summit with Rangers and Celtic 24 hours later all singing from the same hymn sheet.
As Allied troops hunt down the September 11 terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, Deborah's task is to ensure President Bush and Mr Blair are singing from the same hymn sheet when addressing the world.
Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves 8PM WARRINGTON coach Tony Smith insists he will be singing from the same hymn sheet as controversial new signing Chris Sandow.
THE Sydenham Singers are all singing from the same hymn sheet thanks to the Evening Gazette's Wish campaign.
AS Britain is a member of the European Union, I was under the impression that, as far as health and safety rules are concerned, all members were singing from the same hymn sheet.
Macdonald is singing from the same hymn sheet as most other people when it comes to his fellow former No 9.
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