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cross-purpose

[kraws-pur-puh s, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈpɜr pəs, ˈkrɒs-/
noun
1.
an opposing or contrary purpose.
Idioms
2.
at cross-purposes, in a way that involves or produces mutual misunderstanding or frustration, usually unintentionally.
Origin of cross-purpose
1660-1670
1660-70
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Examples from the Web for cross-purpose
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  • I am not prone on my green couch, frayed, frazzled, bowed-down in spirit from a day of frightful stress and cross-purpose.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • If we find every fact of life at cross-purpose with Scripture, what then?

    The Call of the Town John Alexander Hammerton
  • It seems someway unlike God to make each person a something all of cross-purpose.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for cross-purpose

cross-purpose

noun
1.
a contrary aim or purpose
2.
at cross-purposes, conflicting; opposed; disagreeing
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