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common ground
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It was intriguing that the two of you do such varied jobs and still manage to share common ground.
Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
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  • It was intriguing that the two of you do such varied jobs and still manage to share common ground.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • I can’t imagine the Shostakovich ever sucking, but I won’t deny us this common ground.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I found that I could talk to just about anyone, whether it was Bruce Jenner or a mom with a mustache, and find some common ground with them quickly—I wanted to be less poor, lonely, and hairy too.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • That we have had difficulties finding a common ground with Luna, a solution that would serve both parties.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • If he liked music and films, surely we could find some common ground?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The week was a poignant ceremony of opposing forces trying to find common ground for the good of the community’s youth.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Valuable real estate for a while, and now bush again, common ground, according to African practice.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Whatever your background is, I feel that in a spiritual way we could meet on common ground.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The only common ground they have, as far as I know, is failure.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • At my house, with my family, we found a common ground.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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  • We would stand on common ground.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • No doubt because he wanted them to find common ground.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Knowing my old friends and I had lost all common ground.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • But almost instantly they reach a common ground.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • There are not that many subjects that could be spoken about, between us; there’s not much common ground, except this one mysterious and chancy thing.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • His mind raced through subjects where they might find common ground.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • But Paul nevertheless finds some common ground in this culture.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He nodded at this; obviously we now had common ground.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • After a moment, Vida attempts to wrestle Cedric’s point about shared values and common ground back to the preordained narrative.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • There seemed no common ground on which they could talk to one another.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Despite the competition for jobs and housing, we found common ground there, among the rolling mills, bucket shops and foundries.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • This was our common ground, the secret we shared but never spoke aloud.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Worlds may have been colliding, but as the conversation began to roll around to wedding plans and preparations, it was clear there was a common ground.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Ryan was watching something he had never seen before, men from two different places and two very different cultures trying to find common ground.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • They settled on accented English as their common ground.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • But somewhere, we had found a point of common ground between us that enabled us both to develop and nurture a friendship through five decades.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • He seated himself at table, without removing his cap; and did it without the least embarrassment; for to eat with one’s cap on was the one solitary royal custom upon which the kings and the Cantys met upon common ground, neither party having any advantage over the other in the matter of old familiarity with it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • My father liked them because he was on his home turf, with sports as a common ground.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Both, it is true, were characters proper to New England life, and possessing a common ground, therefore, in their more external developments; but as unlike, in their respective interiors, as if their native climes had been at world-wide distance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • In those early days, Pollard and Woolf found common ground in their quick minds, cerebral riding styles, and keen senses of humor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I wasn’t sure what to expect in the modern ballet class, but our Chinese folk dance classes and tai chi movements made it easy for us to find some common ground.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Isabel’s words, if they had been meant to shock him, failed of the mark and only made him smile with the sense that here was common ground.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • A commingling of computer and AI-generated dataspheres and the quasi-perceptual Gibsonian matrix designed originally for human operators, now accepted as common ground for man, machine, and AI.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …was said to induce violations of the Army Appropriations Act; the tenth recited that Johnson had delivered "intemperate, inflammatory and scandalous harangues …. as well against Congress as the laws of the United States"; and the eleventh was a deliberately obscure conglomeration of all the charges in the preceding articles, which had been designed by Thaddeus Stevens to furnish a common ground for those who favored conviction but Wereunwilling to identify themselves on basic issues.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • …I would feel myself not too remotely banished from her company; and I would suddenly force my father (by pretending, for instance, to believe that my grandfather’s business had been in our family before his day, or that the hedge with the pink hawthorn which my aunt Leonie wished to visit was on common ground) to correct my statements, to say, as though in opposition to me and of his own accord: "No, no, the business belonged to Swann’s father, that hedge is part of Swann’s park."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • We have a lot of common ground, outside the job.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He was sure, he added, that there was some common ground on which they could meet.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Our interactions, instead, were mostly limited to academic discussions, our solid common ground.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • A healthy democracy needs ways to bypass gatekeepers so we can communicate with one another directly, and perhaps even find common ground.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • And now they stood on common ground with no weapons drawn, compelled to this spot by a force even greater than their hatred for each other.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Levy detects one linguistic role for like, similar to you know, "to build conversational solidarity and negotiate common ground."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Isabel’s words, if they had been meant to shock him, failed of the mark and only made him smile with the sense that here was common ground.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He’d learned the hard way that if somebody was going to have your back in a fight, it was better if you found some common ground and trusted each other.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • It appeared to her that, different as they were in appearance and general style, Isabel and she had somewhere a patch of common ground that they would set their feet upon at last.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Pro-choice and pro-life camps, despite their differences, should be able to find common ground and work together on many points, in particular on an agenda to reduce the number of abortions.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Through leadership positions in a variety of local and statewide groups, Hank was trying to bridge the gap between ranchers and environmentalists, to establish some common ground between longtime enemies.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But in one of God’s unforeseen paths, this belatedly broken impasse can point us all to a new common ground, for its very closeness can serve to remind us that we are one people with a shared history and a shared destiny.
    Al Gore  --  Al Gore Concession Speech
  • Lucy knows her politics well, and she argues right back, until at some point in their walk along the picturesque harbor, with its sailboats and magnificent seaside homes, it becomes clear that they will never reach a common ground.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • If you meet a sectary or a hostile partisan, never recognize the dividing lines, but meet on what common ground remains,—if only that the sun shines and the rain rains for both,—the area will widen very fast, and ere you know it, the boundary mountains on which the eye had fastened have melted into air.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Plus, and best of all, their shared conviction that this had to be the Best Wedding Ever finally gave Caroline and my mother a solid common ground, and they’d gotten along pretty well ever since.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
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