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In cross-section the burrows varied from round (three inches in diameter) to oval (three inches high and four inches wide).
SUMMER BIRDS FROM THE YUCATAN PENINSULAERWIN E. KLAAS
I cannot believe that God would think it necessary to come on earth as a man, and die on the Cross.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
Results are easily and quickly obtained, and are probably accurate enough for all clinical purposes.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
The alternate hexameter and pentameter are, for most purposes, a more agreeable measure than the hexameter by itself.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
Altogether, it seems that not more than one-third of our fast diminishing total are available for actual fighting purposes.
GALLIPOLI DIARY, VOLUME IIAN HAMILTON
But all these fiscal operations should be, for our present purposes, separated from monetary operations.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
At Jaques Cartier they had but one batteau to cross the army over with, and were fired upon during the whole time by two frigates.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
As regards Great Britain, the gold standard is yet preserved for all practical purposes.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
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WORDS RELATED TO AT CROSS-PURPOSES

  • adversarial
  • adverse
  • against the grain
  • allergic
  • antagonistic
  • anti
  • antipathetic
  • antithetical
  • antonymous
  • at cross-purposes
  • at odds
  • averse
  • battling
  • clashing
  • combating
  • conflicting
  • confronting
  • contrary
  • controverting
  • counter
  • crossing
  • defending
  • defensive
  • denying
  • disagreeing
  • disputed
  • dissentient
  • enemy
  • exposing
  • facing
  • hostile
  • in opposition
  • incompatible
  • inimical
  • irreconcilable
  • objecting
  • obstructive
  • opposed
  • opposite
  • protesting
  • repelling
  • restrictive
  • rival
  • up against
  • warring
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