cross-purpose

Definition of cross-purpose

cross´-pur`pose   Pronunciation: ~p?r`p?s
n.1.A counter or opposing purpose; a contrary aim; hence, that which is inconsistent or contradictory.
2.A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.
To be at cross-purposes
to misunderstand or to act counter to one another without intending it; - said of persons.

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aim, design, intent, intention, purpose
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