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common ground

a foundation of common interest or comprehension, as in a social relationship or a discussion.
Origin of common ground
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ex-sailor accepted the common ground of argument, and in his turn abandoned theology for the business of everyday life.

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume
  • Then will the employer and employee find a common ground on which each can benefit.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • The reason why any two people disagree as to any truth is because their minds have no common ground upon which to meet.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • When she becomes balanced, the sexes will meet on common ground.

  • But no Christian missionary has ever yet consented to meet the men of other religions upon the common ground of Theism.

    The Sympathy of Religions Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for common ground

common ground

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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