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speak the same language

To share and/or understand one another's opinions, values, beliefs, tastes, etc. Likened to literally speaking the same language as another person and therefore being able to communicate fluently. A: "I say we stop here and get some ice cream." B: "You and I are speaking the same language." Bill and my dad are getting along very well together. They're both obsessed with hockey, so they speak the same language.
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speak the same language

 
1. Lit. [for two or more people] to communicate in a shared language. These two people don't speak the same language and need an interpreter.
2. Fig. [for people] to have similar ideas, tastes, etc. Jane and Jack get along very well. They really speak the same language about almost everything. Bob and his father didn't speak the same language when it comes to politics.
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speak the same language

Understand one another very well, agree with each other, as in Negotiations went on for days, but finally both sides realized they weren't speaking the same language . This term, alluding to literal understanding of spoken words, dates from the late 1800s.
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speak the same language

If people speak the same language, they have the same views about things or want to achieve the same things. Like Castle, Wilson had been brought up in a similar way, and they spoke the same language. We have to make sure that the seller and the customer are both speaking the same language.
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speak the same language

understand one another as a result of shared opinions and values.
1990 New Age Journal I translate between Greenpeace-speak and record industry-speak, because the two groups just don't speak the same language.
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speak/talk the same/a different ˈlanguage

share/not share ideas, experiences, opinions, etc., that make real communication or understanding possible: Unions and managers are at last beginning to speak the same language.Artists and scientists simply talk a different language.
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Madame Olenska, in a burst of irritation, had said to Archer that he and she did not talk the same language; and the young man knew that in some respects this was true.
The kids' club was great even though we didn't all talk the same language and I danced at the hotel disco every night.
"Coming from a financial planning background ensures I can talk the same language as many of our introducers."
"We have to sit down with Clive Feltham and the GRA, but assuming we continue to talk the same language as we did around this year's williamhill.com Derby, we wish to maintain it.
in Spain, they talk the same language and he's been there since he was very young.
Gardeners just talk the same language, no matter whether it's referring to a problem someone may have with her roses or the problems these guys have taking care of one of the most viewed green spaces in Wales.
WHEN restaurant owner Julio Arellano sits down with his new accountant they talk the same language - and not just numbers.
French-related businesses in our region have taken steps to ensure everyone can "talk the same language" ( at Rhodia, the speciality chemicals business in Cramlington, those working closely with their counterparts in Paris, Lyon and Mulhouse have been learning French in an in-house programme.
"I believe that as administrators we can more easily talk the same language if we have the same experience and are somewhere on the same page."
Such a theory would eventually explain everything in physics in a connected way, and Hestenes thinks those working toward it should talk the same language.
Why does Birmingham's council fail to talk the same language and demonstrate partnership with the city's business community?
Make some room for women in your life and you might find that we do talk the same language.
He said: "We presumed we talk the same language. But we couldn't understand a word.
For some reason, I'm not as good at doing US crosswords - they may talk the same language but they use it in a very different way.