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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Pursuing conflicting or contrary goals, usually unintentionally: We're working at cross-purposes.
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