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cross-purpose

[ kraws-pur-puhs, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˈpɜr pəs, ˈkrɒs- /
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noun

an opposing or contrary purpose.

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Idioms for cross-purpose

    at cross-purposes, in a way that involves or produces mutual misunderstanding or frustration, usually unintentionally.

Origin of cross-purpose

First recorded in 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for cross-purpose

cross-purpose

noun

a contrary aim or purpose
at cross-purposes conflicting; opposed; disagreeing
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