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common thread

An idea or theme that is consistently present in several different areas or things. What is the common thread in these three novels?
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common thread (to all this)

Fig. a similar idea or pattern to a series of events. All of these incidents are related. There is a common thread to all this.
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We love how the store's walls are punctuated by fun quotes and photos of CT's "Style Storytellers" who show us how they work their Common Thread favorites into their different lifestyles (see more on the Common Thread blog).
The common thread uniting PA Arabs is the wish to destroy Israel, but even that is not shared by Arabs outside circles of terrorists, academics and politicians.
What's the common thread that runs through having all the money you'll ever need, never doing without love, being surrounded by an ever-growing family of friends, and having a yard full of 'dandelions?
All of the advertisements and in-person outreach efforts share the common thread of directing potential recruits to the department's hiring Web site, joinlapd.
The common thread of entries in the anthology is that, with a uniquely Turkish spirit, they capture the emotion of love in all its forms and foibles.
Discussing concepts ranging from the self-fulfilling prophecy and psychosomatic illness to the concept of God being within each one of us and all of nature, to the bases for successful and happy living that underlie so many varients of "pop" psychology, The Roads To Truth examines the common thread between all these occurances--the acknowledgement of the paramount importance our thoughts play within our lives.
In her book Hecht embarks on an ambitious goal, to survey almost three millennia of recorded history seeking evidence of the common thread of doubt within the wide variety of peoples and cultures.
The common thread is this: Throughout history it has been the grandest water diversion projects that have ultimately ended in spectacular failure and often the collapse of entire civilizations, with the poorest most deeply affected.
What is the common thread connecting these diverse approaches?
As Malcolm tells his story and Lark employs a cell phone as a lifeline as searchers hunt for her, the common thread is "The Rowan Stave," the song Malcolm learned on his voyage to the colonies that was passed down as a part of family history and one for which Lark is searching .
During 2001 cultural diversity has been the common thread in HTV Wales's programmes and community activity.
His claim to fame, slaying dragons, is the common thread that runs through the stories around his life and legacy.
The common thread running through this presentation of the Christian story is the ability of the church repeatedly to correct itself.
Each chapter is self-contained, linked to the next only by the common thread of the presence of Virgil.
These approaches, however, ignore the common thread that runs through the two major acts of terrorism in recent U.