Being “on the same page” as someone else means that both of you have similar opinions on something. It can also mean that you both understand something in the same way.
Example: I like listening to upbeat electronic music, but my brother enjoys the more classical stuff. So I guess you might say we aren’t on the same page when it comes to music.
Synonyms/Related: on the same wavelength, on the same boat, great minds think alike
The Origin Of ‘On The Same Page’
The origin of the phrase “on the same page” is unclear. However, it may stem from schools because it’s often necessary for the teachers and students to be on identical pages in their workbooks. Another idea for where this expression comes from is business meetings, since books might be used there and everyone would need to be on the same page.
So those are the ideas about this phrase’s origin. Now, let’s talk about how old it is. This saying looks like it originated recently, as the earliest I could find it in print is the 1970s. For example, it appears in the Corona Daily Independent newspaper, 1974:
“I think we can beat Washington and whichever team we play next to get into the Super Bowl. If 47 players and our coaches are all on the same page, we can do it.”
Tip: Once you’re finished reading about this saying, you can look through our list of phrases beginning with “O” to find more. Know Your Phrase has hundreds of sayings to discover!
- We’re planning to paint the house soon. We both want it to be green, so we’re on the same page there, but now we need to decide which shade of green.
- I went to Subway with my friend and we both ordered a Cold Cut Combo. It seems our taste in sandwiches are on the same wavelength.
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