common cause

A joint interest, as in “The common cause against the enemies of piety” (from John Dryden's poem, Religio laici, or a Layman's Faith, 1682). This term originated as to make common cause (with), meaning “to unite one's interest with another's.” In the mid-1900s the name Common Cause was adopted by a liberal lobbying group.


Nearby words

  1. common canary,
  2. common cardinal vein,
  3. common carotid artery,
  4. common carotid plexus,
  5. common carrier,
  6. common chord,
  7. common cold,
  8. common core,
  9. common cost,
  10. common council

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.