On the same page

If two or more people have the same opinion, perspective, or understanding of a situation, they are on the same page.

This expression can be used in both personal and professional contexts. For example:

  • The team works so much better when everyone is on the same page.
  • Is everything clear? I want to make sure we’re all on the same page before we meet with the client.

A. Why did Marie and Alex break up?
B. Unfortunately, they weren’t on the same page about their future. Alex wants to work and live abroad, but Marie would prefer to stay in Japan.

Did you know? This expression started off with a very literal meaning. It referred to situations, such as academic classes and business meetings, where multiple people had to share a single document in order to understand what was being discussed. They all had to read from the same page.