Idiom: Agree to
Disagree; used as a verb.
Sam and Mary just had an argument on the topic of which came
first, the chicken or the egg. According
to Sam, since eggs come from chickens, it is natural to assume that the chicken
came first. However, Mary pointed out
that all chickens are born from eggs so she believes that eggs came first! Both Sam and Mary refused to agree in this
particular topic. In the end, they both agreed to disagree with one another.
Meaning: Agree to Disagree means to calmly agree
not to come to an agreement in a dispute.
In this example, Sam completely believes that the chicken first appeared
before the egg. However, Mary strongly
felt that the egg came first. Because
they were both unable to convince one another, they both agreed that they could
not ultimately come to an agreement.
This idiom can apply to any situation where two individuals are unable
to agree on a particular point. This
idiom is used as a verb in this example.
This idiom is from the LSI book “Speaking Transitions,”
which is used as the primary textbook in LSI’s Level 4 ESL Listening/Speaking
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