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creative differences

Meaning: problems among musicians, dancers, writers, actors, etc. that make it difficult or impossible for them to work together

For example:

  • The press release said the band split up because of "creative differences".

  • He was fired for being drunk onstage, but they said he quit because of "creative differences" with the play's director.

Note: Often used euphemistically to avoid explaining the real reasons for the end of a creative relationship.

Quick Quiz:

The studio cited "creative differences" as the reason for

a. firing the movie's director

b. hiring the movie's director

c. blaming the movie's director

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Contributor: Matt Errey