cross-purposes


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cross-purposes

[ˈkrɒsˈpɜːpəsɪz] NPL I think we're at cross-purposesme temo que hemos tenido un malentendido
we were talking at cross-purposeshablábamos de cosas distintas

cross-purposes

[ˌkrɒsˈpɜːpəsɪz] npl to be at cross-purposes with sb (disagree) → essere in contrasto con qn; (misunderstand) → fraintendere qn
to talk at cross-purposes → fraintendersi
References in classic literature ?
General Bagovut, a fighting old soldier of placid temperament, being also upset by all the delay, confusion, and cross-purposes, fell into a rage to everybody's surprise and quite contrary to his usual character and said disagreeable things to Toll.
It is needless to go into a detail of the variety of accidents and cross-purposes, which caused the failure of his scheme.
I thought, moreover, that I discovered signs of cross-purposes, as between the young people, though I think a pocket-handkerchief subject to those general laws, concerning secrets, that are recognized among all honorable persons.
It may easily be imagined what a series of misunderstandings and cross-purposes would be likely to take place between such a crew and such a commander.
Horror smote her to the heart, for even she began to suspect that they were at cross-purposes, and that she had commenced her mission by some hideous blunder.
Clifford saw, it may be, in the mirror of his deeper consciousness, that he was an example and representative of that great class of people whom an inexplicable Providence is continually putting at cross-purposes with the world: breaking what seems its own promise in their nature; withholding their proper food, and setting poison before them for a banquet; and thus--when it might so easily, as one would think, have been adjusted otherwise--making their existence a strangeness, a solitude, and torment.
RD OF Redditch appears to be at cross-purposes concerning his reference to Carl Chinn MBE's statement relating to 1,000 as opposed to Larry Lamb's 1001 trades, and of whom supposedly is right and correct?
We should therefore discourage a culture where we work at cross-purposes and strongly promote a culture where the interest of Agribank to deliver efficient and effective customer service reigns supreme.
Congratulations: you've established a textbook case of cross-purposes, in which both parties are right in different ways -- yes, it's untidy; no, that's not all you meant when you said so -- thereby all but guaranteeing several hours of increasingly petty sniping, until sleep descends, or a more fulfilling alternative presents itself, such as finally cleaning the grout between the bathroom tiles.
Conferences like this help ensure that regulators, professionals, and users are working toward common goals rather than being at cross-purposes.
However, it is of the view that the definition (of net neutrality) should not be at cross-purposes with the government's policy," another official stated.
The statute and the sector it governs are now so complex that many provisions work at cross-purposes with others, have misaligned incentives, have unintended consequences, or leave room for troublesome loopholes.