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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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