speak the same language

Understand one another very well, agree with each other, as in Negotiations went on for days, but finally both sides realized they weren't speaking the same language. This term, alluding to literal understanding of spoken words, dates from the late 1800s.


Nearby words

  1. speak one's mind,
  2. speak one's piece,
  3. speak out,
  4. speak out of turn,
  5. speak softly and carry a big stick,
  6. speak to,
  7. speak too soon,
  8. speak up,
  9. speak volumes,
  10. speakeasy

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