cross–purpose

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noun cross–pur·pose \ˈkrȯs-ˈpər-pəs\

Definition of cross–purpose

  1. :  a purpose usually unintentionally contrary to another purpose of oneself or of someone or something else —usually used in plural the two were always working at cross–purposes

1668

First Known Use of cross–purpose

1668




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