make/find common cause

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make/find common cause

formal
: to join together with someone in order to achieve a shared goal
  • He has made common cause with political rivals to defeat the proposed new law.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

find play
  1. : to come upon often accidentally : encounter

  2. : to meet with (a particular reception)

  3. : to come upon by searching or effort

  1. : an act or instance of finding

  2. : something found: such as

  3. : a valuable discovery

common play
  1. : of or relating to a community at large : public

  2. : known to the community

  3. : belonging to or shared by two or more individuals or things or by all members of a group

  1. : the common people

  2. : a dining hall

  3. : the political group or estate comprising the commoners

cause play
  1. : a reason for an action or condition : motive

  2. : something that brings about an effect or a result

  3. : a person or thing that is the occasion of an action or state

  1. : to serve as a cause or occasion of

  2. : to compel by command, authority, or force


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