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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
1660-1670
1660-70
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cross-purpose

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