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meeting of the minds


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meeting of the minds (plural meetings of the minds)

  1. (idiomatic) An agreement, especially one resulting from a gathering in which discussion or negotiation took place.
    • 1994 Jan. 10, Marguerite Michaels, "Borderline Breakthrough," Time:
      [E]xhausted negotiators pored over maps and drafts of a proposed agreement in smoke-filled Cairo hotel rooms, until the morning of the third day, when Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres proclaimed that the two sides had "reached a meeting of the minds."
    • 2011 Oct. 10, John Dobosz, "Dancing On The Ceiling Of The Trading Range," Forbes (retrieved 10 Dec 2012):
      [T]he market seems to believe that the leaders have had a meeting of the minds and won’t fail when the time comes to act.
    • 2012 June 4, Martin Fackler, "Japan Leader Changes Cabinet in Push for Tax Bill," New York Times (retrieved 10 Dec 2012):
      Mr. Noda met with Mr. Ozawa twice but the talks failed to yield a meeting of the minds.

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