to agree to differ

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - agree to differ

"to agree to differ"

to make a decision not to argue anymore as both parties realize that agreement is impossible


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - agree to differ

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I really believe that the X4 model is the best fit for this office.

Colleague 2:  Are we going to have this argument again? I completely disagree with you. The X3 model is a far better fit.

Colleague 1:  I thought you might have changed your mind after I sent that information regarding the X4.

Colleague 2:  I have not changed my mind. Have you?

Colleague 1:  No.

Colleague 2:  Well, arguing endlessly about this is becoming counter-productive. Let's agree to differ, let our managers make the decision, and we'll move on to more pressing issues.

Colleague 1:  Agreed.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - agree to differ

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Brian and James sure were arguing heatedly when I left last night. I thought they might even end up in a fist-fight. What happened after I left?

Friend 2:  They continued arguing for a while and just before they came to blows decided that they could each respect the others' opinion.

Friend 1:  So, they agreed to differ?

Friend 2:  They shook hands and hugged and never mentioned the subject again.

to agree to differ - Usage:


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to agree to differ - Gerund Form:

Agreeing to differ, as the two parties knew they could never agree on one particular point, decided to move on to other issues.

to agree to differ - Examples:

1)  Let's agree to differ on this one and move on before this perpetuates into a back and forth that ...

2)  Well, you and I can agree to differ about Jefferson, we obviously read our history from different books.

3)  ... confrontational is personal emotion. You will still need those who "agree to differ" to get the boss' coffee.

4)  ... hopefully conceding that we can agree to differ in points necessary to work toward a greater goal of function and understanding.

5)  Until they are willing to agree to differ we have no choice but to fight back.

6)  I believe everyone should be allowed "to agree to differ" and have "freedom of speech"!

7)  I'm more than happy to agree to differ with some things when there are greater things at stake... like children. 

8)  ... it's purely a semantics thing. I can agree to differ now that I know we are just discussing terminology.

9)  We voice our opinion, agree to differ, and then eat dinner.

10)  They'd agree to differ on some things, try to find common ground on others.

11)  Thou shalt always remember that it is okay to agree to differ, and that reasonable people can indeed disagree reasonably.

12)  ... it violently, be careful to avoid the subject or be patient and agree to differ if they bring it up.

13)  It looks like you and I are simply going to have to agree to differ. No more words from me on this subject.

14)  We can agree to differ! We can call each other frenemies and be okay without getting angry and personal.

15)  How do you know when you should "agree to differ" and when you should "stick to your guns?"

16)  And yes, I firmly believe that is is okay to agree to differ, otherwise it can become finger pointing blame game. 

17)  I'm sorry if I offended you. It's probably best we agree to differ.

18)  I suspect this is just something we're going to have to agree to differ on before we both end up with blunt force trauma.

19)  Is it possible for us to agree to differ, or are you going to insist on a never ending debate?

20)  Adults aren't so insecure that they can't agree to differ and respect someone else's opinion.