at cross-purposes

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Definition of at cross-purposes

: in a way that causes confusion or failure because people are working or talking with different goals or purposes We'll never succeed together if we continue to work at cross-purposes (with each other). It became clear that they were talking at cross-purposes.

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“At cross-purposes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20cross-purposes. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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