cross purposes

[ kraws-pur-puh s, kros- ]SEE DEFINITION OF cross purposes
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CROSS PURPOSES

"We are evidently playing at cross purposes," said the nobleman.

She was aware of Berenice's playing at cross purposes and watched her closely.

The two armies are playing at cross purposes to-night, you see.

So Timothy and Arethusa played at their cross purposes all through the spring.

Were they still at cross purposes as on the occasion of their first meeting?

Not for a second did she guess that they were talking at cross purposes.

I thought I was explicit, but we have been playing at cross purposes.

The evidence of Lesley is here, as usual, at cross purposes.

Hubert with his eyes fixed on Margaret answered at cross purposes.

Really, the courting people seem all to be getting to cross purposes!