cross purposes

cross purposes
cross purposes UK US noun

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ˌcross ˈpurposes [cross purposes] noun plural
if two people are at cross purposes, they do not understand each other because they are talking about or aiming at different things, without realizing it

I think we're talking at cross purposes; that's not what I meant at all.


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