Meaning of Idiom ‘On the Same Wavelength’
To be on the same wavelength means to have the same ideas and opinions about something; to be in general agreement or accord; to have a rapport; to be thinking in the same ways. 1Chakrabroty, Tarun. Dynamic Memory Idioms & Phrases. Diamond Pocket Books, 2006.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
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Examples Of Use
“Franklyn and I always worked well together. We’re on the same wavelength.”
“To be successful in this business, it’s important to get on the same wavelength as your clients.”
“If we can’t get on the same wavelength we’re never going to finish this project.”
“I’m just making sure we’re on the same wavelength here,” said Mr. Polk to his employee. “You didn’t do anything wrong.”
Used since the first half of the 1900s, this idiom alludes to radio waves.
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