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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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He said he was also pained to see two states one de facto and the other de jure often working at cross purposes.
CROSS PURPOSE Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, lands a left on David Diaz during their WBC lightweight world title clash in Las Vegas.
It could also prompt the two to work with each other in the war against terrorism instead of at cross purposes.
When you do both, they cancel each other out--they work at cross purposes.
A powerful story supercharged with personalities and cross purposes makes for a fine read.
CROSS PURPOSES The form asks voters if they want to remain in or leave the EU.
A grieving husband finds himself at cross purposes with his late wife's best friend in this charming little French drama that deserves to appeal beyond the arthouse brigade.
So, it's no surprise that when they later bump into each other, they both have kids on the brain - and when they end up talking at cross purposes, Shabnam says too much.
A COUNTRY that has abandoned all efforts at creating a saner immigration policy has gotten the result it deserves: not one policy but lots of little ones, acting at cross purposes and nullifying one another.
Dangerous Denial is a dark noir novel, about terrible truths at cross purposes.
As much a vivid portrait of beautiful yet unforgiving land as it is a chaotic tangle of people at cross purposes, Faraway Roads is captivating and highly recommended.
When human interests are at cross purposes with the rodents' crazy schemes, the fur is sure to fly.
They offer a variety of tools, exercises, and examples from several industries such as Walmart, Pfizer, and Amazon to help companies learn how to create a strategically coherent company in which key elements reinforce each other rather than work at cross purposes.
Mr de Baca said another issue was that several government agencies seemed to be working at cross purposes, including in Bahrain.
We have an effective partnership with Pakistan that is working to achieve our goals in the entire region and that we're not working at cross purposes, that issues of corruption are dealt with, that we are identifying not just a national government in Kabul, but provincial government actors that have legitimacy .