on the same page

on the same page

Meaning

  • everyone in agreement
  • multiple people having the same understanding
  • having the same information or knowledge
  • thinking in the same way

Example Sentences

  1. Before we begin with the discussion, I want to make sure that all of us are on the same page.
  2. Let us discuss this internally first so that we are on the same page before we speak to the customer.
  3. I don’t think we are on the same page regarding this. I will explain to you exactly what I think, please listen to me carefully.
  4. The confusion arose because they were not on the same page. He was talking of one thing and was referring to something else.
  5. Since you were not present yesterday, I’ll quickly update you about what happened so that we are on the same page.

Origin

The origin of the phrase is unclear. It is sometimes attributed to singing in a choir, where all the singers had to be on the same page. It is also possible to have originated in classes and meetings, where everyone had to be reading the same page to understand what was being discussed. The first written reference in this exact form is from 1979, but the phrase probably existed before that too.

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