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.
You and I are at cross-purposes
. If you like, you shall have the truth from me."
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.
We were at cross-purposes
. But, before I could reply, he showed me an open manuscript on his table, and said, in a more serious tone, "Here, M.
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.
With everyone seemingly a self-proclaimed stakeholder in the outcome of the reference, we have witnessed contradictory and cross-purposes
stances being taken by many, and a general air of confusion has descended on the proceedings.
They speak at cross-purposes
and irreverently at one another.
The President is irked his technocrats have put him at cross-purposes
with key institutions.
Also, the lawmaker representing Akure South state constituency, Hon Olajide Sunday, said the impeached Deputy Speaker had been working at cross-purposes
with the Speaker and said the development would not bring the desired democracy dividend to the people of the state.