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These nouns denote an understanding between parties specifying what is expected of each: made an agreement that I would replace any of the items I lost or damaged; kept my end of the bargain and mowed the lawn; made a compact to correspond regularly; vows that constituted a covenant between the marriage partners; made a deal that if her parents got a new dog, she would walk it; a solemn pact to support each other in times of trouble.
2. the state or period of being a servant bound to service for a specified time in return for passage to a colony.
- About as far apart as an atheist and a born-again Christian —Anon
- Acquiesced like an old man acquiescing in death —Wilfrid Sheed
- (Nobody can be as) agreeable as an uninvited guest —Frank McKinney
Humorists like McKinney are notable phrase converters. This simile may be a case in point, evolving from William Wordsworth’s sonnet To a Snowdrop which describes a flower bending its forehead “As if fearful to offend, like an unbidden guest.”
See Also: BEHAVIOR
- Agree like a finger and a thumb —Anon
- Agree like two cats in a gutter —John Heywood’s Proverbs
- Agree like cats and dogs —John Ray’s Proverbs
This sarcastic twist to the more commonly used “Fight like cats and dogs” dates back to the nineteenth century.
- Agree like pickpockets in a fair —John Ray’s Proverbs
- Agree like the clocks of London —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
- As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife —The Holy Bible/Proverbs
- As far apart as the atheists who claim there is no soul, and the Christian Scientists who declare there is no body —Anon
- Co-operate about as much as two tomcats on a fence —Raymond Chandler
- Far apart as the poles —Anon
- Flock together in consent, like so many wild geese —William Shakespeare
- Like the course of the heavenly bodies, harmony in national life is a resultant of the struggle between contending forces —Judge Louis D. Brandeis
- Sentiments as equal as if weighed on a golden scale —Janet Flanner
- We are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the row of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another is contrary to nature —Marcus Aurelius
Lamourette’s kiss A short-lived reconciliation, particularly one that is made insincerely; an ephemeral rapprochement; subterfuge; shrewd or cunning deceit. The Lamourette in this expression was Abbé Lamourette, a French politician who, on July 7, 1792, convinced the many discordant factions of the Legislative Assembly of France to lay aside their differences and work together for the common good. After much demonstration and protestation of peace-making, the legislators soon lapsed into their former hostilities, but with even more animosity and rancor than before. Since that time, the expression has been used figuratively, usually in reference to transitory or disingenuous political agreements.
make no bones about See CANDIDNESS.
package deal An agreement or settlement in which all of the conditions must be either accepted or rejected; an all-or-nothing arrangement or plan which involves the acceptance of one or more negative elements as a requisite to achieving a generally favorable goal. Originally, a package deal was a group of goods which were wrapped in one package and sold at a bargain tprice, one lower than the combined cost of purchasing each item separately. Although this connotation is still retained, package deal usually refers to a political or industrial pact which contains several related or unrelated provisions, all of which must be accepted or rejected as a unit. Package deal has also enjoyed some jocular use, often in reference to a person ’s spouse or family.
strike a bargain To conclude a bargain or other deal; to settle or arrange the terms of a transaction; to agree on a compromise or other settlement. This expression alludes to the ancient Greek and Roman custom of sealing a business contract by striking (i.e., killing) an animal and offering it as a sacrifice to their deities. Although this tradition is long since gone, the expression persists.
As soon as the bargain is struck, the property of the goods is transferred to the vendee. (Sir William Blackstone, Commentary on the Laws of England, 1766)
With the demise of sacrificial offerings, it became customary in many societies to seal an agreement by shaking or striking hands, thus the related and synonymous strike hands.
|Noun||1.||agreement - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"|
fair-trade agreement - an agreement (illegal in the United States) between the manufacturer of a trademarked item of merchandise and its retail distributors to sell the item at a price at or above the price set by the manufacturer
covenant - (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
unilateral contract - a one-sided agreement whereby you promise to do (or refrain from doing) something in return for a performance (not a promise)
sales agreement, sale - an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer); "the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office"
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
term, condition - (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement; "the contract set out the conditions of the lease"; "the terms of the treaty were generous"
bargain, deal - an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each; "he made a bargain with the devil"; "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals"
working agreement - an informal agreement to work together
gentlemen's agreement - a personal agreement based on honor and not legally binding
written agreement - a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
submission - an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter
oral contract - an agreement that is not in writing and is not signed by the parties but is a real existing contract that lacks only the formal requirement of a memorandum to render it enforceable in litigation
reservation - the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance
settlement - a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
severance agreement - an agreement on the terms on which an employee will leave
suicide pact - an agreement by two or more people to commit suicide together at a given place and time; "the two lovers killed themselves in a suicide pact"
|2.||agreement - compatibility of observations; "there was no agreement between theory and measurement"; "the results of two tests were in correspondence"|
compatibility - capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
|3.||agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"|
concordance, concord, harmony - a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
community of interests, community - agreement as to goals; "the preachers and the bootleggers found they had a community of interests"
consensus - agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole; "the lack of consensus reflected differences in theoretical positions"; "those rights and obligations are based on an unstated consensus"
sense of the meeting - general agreement reached by an assembled group; "no vote was taken, but after each discussion the chair summed up the sense of the meeting"
unanimity - everyone being of one mind
unison - corresponding exactly; "marching in unison"
social contract - an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
|4.||agreement - the thing arranged or agreed to; "they made arrangements to meet in Chicago"|
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
collusion - secret agreement
prearrangement - something arranged in advance
|5.||agreement - the determination of grammatical inflection on the basis of word relations|
grammatical relation - a linguistic relation established by grammar
number agreement - agreement in number between words in the same grammatical construction (e.g., between adjectives and the nouns they modify)
person agreement - agreement in person between pronouns and verbs
case agreement - agreement in grammatical case between words in the same construction
gender agreement - agreement in grammatical gender between words in the same construction
|6.||agreement - the verbal act of agreeing |
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
assent, acquiescence - agreement with a statement or proposal to do something; "he gave his assent eagerly"; "a murmur of acquiescence from the assembly"
assenting, accession - agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly); "accession to such demands would set a dangerous precedent"; "assenting to the Congressional determination"
subscription - agreement expressed by (or as if expressed by) signing your name
ratification, confirmation - making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it; "the ratification of the treaty"; "confirmation of the appointment"
concession - a point conceded or yielded; "they won all the concessions they asked for"
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
concurrence disagreement, division, row, conflict, argument, clash, dispute, falling-out, dissent, quarrel, squabble, strife, wrangle, discord, tiff, altercation, turf war (informal)
correspondence difference, diversity, discrepancy, disparity, incompatibility, incongruity, dissimilarity
to come to or reach an agreement → llegar a un acuerdo
to enter into an agreement → firmar un contrato
to enter into an agreement to do sth → firmar un contrato para hacer algo
by mutual agreement → por acuerdo mutuo, de común acuerdo
see also gentleman
he nodded in agreement; he nodded his agreement → asintió con la cabeza
to be in agreement on a plan → estar conformes en un proyecto
to be in agreement with [+ person] → estar de acuerdo con; [+ decision] → estar de acuerdo con, estar conforme con; (= consistent with) → concordar con, estar en concordancia con
Write to your GP to get his agreement → Écrivez à votre médecin généraliste pour obtenir son accord.
to be in agreement → être d'accord
The talks ended in agreement on most issues → À la fin des discussions tout le monde était d'accord sur la plupart des questions.
to nod one's head in agreement → acquiescer d'un signe de tête
to be in agreement with sb/sth → être d'accord avec qn/qch
Everybody was in agreement with Ray → Tout le monde était d'accord avec Ray.
by mutual agreement → d'un commun accord
to reach agreement → tomber d'accord
an agreement on sth → un accord sur qch
to reach an agreement → parvenir à un accord