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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
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I haven't got a common ground with you people," he said to Marsh and Galway.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Then will the employer and employee find a common ground on which each can benefit.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • I know; but the intention was obviously to exclude that bit of common ground.

  • When she becomes balanced, the sexes will meet on common ground.

  • There seemed no way that men and prowlers could ever meet on common ground.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
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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