As you are fully aware, the using this idiom within the construction below:

  • I don't think we are on the same page.

means: I don't think we understand each other.

This idiom on the other hand has a direct connotation of agreement as Macmillan says:

To understand and agree with what is being done or suggested:
- I think we’re all on the same page.

I was wondering if it can imply both concepts. Please do me a favor and illustrate its common meaning by some examples.

PS, I have read the similar thread, but it didn't give me the requisite information.

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Context is everything. When you think about the literal meaning of being "on the same page", if you were reading the same page of a book as somebody else you would be saying the same thing.

If people are saying the same thing in a discussion where the goal is to reach a decision, then they are naturally in agreement.

Again, thinking literally - if two people were on different pages of the same book, then there would be confusion. They would be in possession of different information, and speaking about different subjects.

If two people are saying different things in a discussion, it may be that they do not understand each other, so it does not necessarily follow that they don't agree. Sometimes people have different stakes in, or concerns about the same thing, and so discuss the same matter from different angles.

A similar idiom is "on the same wavelength".

  • Thank you. I knew that idiom, but do you mean that the two idioms "to be on the same page" and "to be on the same wavelength" mean the same thing in my both provided case above @Astralbee?
    – A-friend
    Feb 17, 2020 at 10:46
  • @A-friend I believe both idioms could be used interchangeably, but as explained in my answer, the meaning is determined by context. Essentially they mean that people are thinking in similar ways, but to what outcome would depend on the context.
    – Astralbee
    Feb 17, 2020 at 11:00

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