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

cross purposesadverb

uk /ˌkrɒs ˈpɜː.pə.sɪz/ us /ˌkrɑːs ˈpɝː.pə.sɪz/
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.

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)