Translation of "cross purposes" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

cross purposes

adverb uk us
at cross purposes

If two or more people are at cross purposes, they do not understand each other because they are talking about different subjects without realizing this

(两人因未意识到彼此谈论的事物不同而)相互误解,相互矛盾,各说各的
I think we've been talking at cross purposes - I meant next year, not this year. 我想我们谈论的是两码事——我指的是明年,不是今年。

(Translation of “cross purposes” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)