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A usually unintentionally conflicting or contrary purpose.
Pursuing conflicting or contrary goals, usually unintentionally: We're working at cross-purposes.
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1. a contrary aim or purpose
2. at cross-purposes conflicting; opposed; disagreeing
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an opposing or contrary purpose.Idioms:
at cross-purposes, in a way that involves mutual misunderstanding or produces mutual frustrations, usu. unintentionally.
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|Noun||1.||cross-purpose - a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"|
aim, intent, intention, purpose, design - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
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