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cross purpose

A goal or purpose that conflicts with someone else's. Often used in the phrase "at cross purposes." It sounds like you two are at cross purposes right now, so take a few minutes and reach an agreement about what you hope to achieve.
See also: cross, purpose
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Mr Rabbani was of the opinion that such restraint as mentioned in the judgement authored by the chief justice himself needed to be exhibited by high courts, lower courts and judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals functioning under the Constitution or any other law for the time being in force as the judiciary and parliament were not at the cross purpose and the aim of both was to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
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'The judgment being authored by the CJP himself, such restraint needs to be exhibited by the other high courts, courts, judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals functioning under the Constitution or any other law for the time being in force as the Judiciary and Parliament are not at the cross purpose, the aim of both is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,' he said.
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Matiang'i said the move was not constitutional but political and transitional adding the commissions work at cross purposes most of the time.