at cross-purposes


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at cross purposes

In conflict with or in opposition to. You will never find success if you continue to work at cross purposes with your teammates.
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at cross-purposes

with opposing viewpoints; 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.

at cross-purposes

Pursuing conflicting or contrary goals, usually unintentionally: We're working at cross-purposes.
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REACHING OUT TO THE GAY COMMUNITY HAS ALSO BEEN DIFFICULT, SINCE THE TWO GROUPS OFTEN FIND THEMSELVES AT CROSS-PURPOSES.
A hoard that includes directors who have no relationship with a CEO or other directors, who may lack critical competencies and who may perceive themselves as working at cross-purposes with management would be simply unworkable.
Despite advances in our understanding of heart disease, American culture still works at cross-purposes to health and well-being.
Well it may be that Coppe, Fox, and Winstanley were refashioning this idiom of rage; it is nonetheless true that they resorted to it even when they were at cross-purposes with its more orthodox applications.
In Baltimore Opera's second offering this season, a production of Tosca, Andrea Licata's conducting produced almost funereal tempi that dissipated much of the dramatic intensity of Puccini's operatic melodrama and worked at cross-purposes with former Opera de Montreal general director Bernard Uzan's otherwise well-pointed stage direction.
Citizens and police should not be working at cross-purposes.
Fortunately, sensitive curating of the individual segments proved more powerful than their overall tendency to work at cross-purposes.