the negotiating table

Definition of the negotiating table

used to say that people are having formal discussions in order to reach an agreement
  • The two sides in this dispute have returned to the negotiating table.
  • They came to an agreement at the negotiating table.

Word by Word Definitions

negotiate play negotiating
  1. : to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter

  2. : to deal with (some matter or affair that requires ability for its successful handling) : manage

  3. : to arrange for or bring about through conference, discussion, and compromise

table play
  1. : a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs

  2. : a group of people assembled at or as if at a table

  3. : a legislative or negotiating session

  1. : to remove (something, such as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely

  2. : to place on the agenda

  3. : to put on a table

  1. : suitable for a table or for use at a table

  2. : suitable for serving at a table

  3. : proper for conduct at a table


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