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at cross-purposes meaning

  • [American idiom]
    with opposing purposes; with goals that interfere with each other.
    We are arguing at cross-purposes. We aren't even discussing the same thing.
    Bill and Tom are working at cross-purposes. They'll never get the job done right.

  • [American slang]
    with opposing viewpoints; with goals that interfere with each other.
      We are arguing at crosspurposes. We aren't even discussing the same thing.
      Bill and Tom are working at cross-purposes. They'll never get the job done right.

Examples

  1. wintergreen was a snide little punk who enjoyed working at cross-purposes.

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