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English definition of “cross purposes”

cross purposes

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