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cross purposesadverb

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.
(Definition of cross purposes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cross-purposesplural noun

 us   /ˈkrɔˈspɜr·pə·səz/
at cross-purposes If two ​people or ​groups are at cross-purposes they do not ​understand each other because they have different ​intentions: They're ​talking at cross-purposes without ​realizing it.
(Definition of cross-purposes from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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