make/find common cause

Definition of make/find common cause

formal

  1. :  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

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

    :  brand

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

findplay
  1. :  to come upon often accidentally :  encounter

    :  to meet with (a particular reception)

    :  to come upon by searching or effort

  1. :  an act or instance of finding

    :  something found: such as

    :  a valuable discovery

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

    :  known to the community

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

  1. :  the common people

    :  a dining hall

    :  the political group or estate comprising the commoners

causeplay
  1. :  a reason for an action or condition :  motive

    :  something that brings about an effect or a result

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

  1. :  to serve as a cause or occasion of

    :  to compel by command, authority, or force


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