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

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)