Cross-purpose



an opposing or contrary purpose.
at cross-purposes, in a way that involves or produces mutual misunderstanding or frustration, usually unintentionally.
Historical Examples

I am not prone on my green couch, frayed, frazzled, bowed-down in spirit from a day of frightful stress and cross-purpose.
I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane

If we find every fact of life at cross-purpose with Scripture, what then?
The Call of the Town John Alexander Hammerton

It seems someway unlike God to make each person a something all of cross-purpose.
I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane

noun
a contrary aim or purpose
at cross-purposes, conflicting; opposed; disagreeing

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