eye to eye: meaning and explanation

If two people see eye to eye, they are in agreement with each other or share the same viewpoint.

This idiom tends to be used negatively, to say that two people do not agree with each other, or do not see things in the same way. e.g. I respect my boss enormously, but I have to admit that we don’t see eye to eye on a number of issues.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: England (RP)

, .
My don’t always , but I she values .
My boss I don’t always eye to eye, but I that she values my .

About the sentence

…she values my input…

In the context of communication, input can be help, advice, information or ideas offered. e.g. The IT team provided plenty of useful input on the viability of the plans.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: Scotland

Jess .
Jess you don’t eye on .
Jess me that you don’t see to eye on the budget.

Micro-listening #3

Accent: Ireland

, .
We don’t eye to everything, that we’re page regarding .
We don’t to see eye to on absolutely everything, it’s important that we’re the same page regarding issues.

About the sentence

…it’s important that we’re on the same page

Here’s an exercise to practise the expression ‘on the same page’.

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