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common ground

noun
1.
a foundation of common interest or comprehension, as in a social relationship or a discussion.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • These are issues on which both parties could and should find common ground.
  • At the root level, our many different cultures share quite a bit of common ground.
  • It was your suggestion that common ground be found for a discussion.
  • Sharing too much common ground makes it harder to be objective, too.
  • In fieldwork, strangers thrown together often find common ground in bouts of functional lunacy.
  • There is a lot of common ground, and the areas where they don't see eye to eye can all be decided on the state level.
  • He promised to seek common ground between the two sides, for example by trying to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.
  • The two countries have some common ground about what happened.
  • Indeed, there would seem to be little common ground between them.
  • Its different wings have rarely found common ground.
British Dictionary definitions for common ground

common ground

noun
1.
an agreed basis, accepted by both or all parties, for identifying issues in an argument
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common ground

Shared beliefs or interests, a foundation for mutual understanding. For example, The European Union is struggling to find common ground for establishing a single currency. [ 1920s ]
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