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See definition of cross-purpose on Dictionary.com
  • as inMexican standoff
  • as indisagreement

synonyms for cross-purpose

  • collision
  • cross-purposes
  • dead heat
  • deadlock
  • even money
  • showdown
  • standoff
  • wash
  • animosity
  • antagonism
  • argument
  • bickering
  • clash
  • conflict
  • controversy
  • debate
  • difference
  • discord
  • dissent
  • disunity
  • division
  • feud
  • fight
  • friction
  • hostility
  • misunderstanding
  • opposition
  • spat
  • split
  • squabble
  • strife
  • tension
  • wrangle
  • altercation
  • atmospherics
  • breach
  • break
  • contention
  • contest
  • cross-purposes
  • dissidence
  • disunion
  • hassle
  • rupture
  • variance
  • vendetta
  • words
  • clashing
  • divisiveness
  • falling out
  • ill feeling
  • ill will
  • jarring
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How to use cross-purpose in a sentence

Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
I called out several times, as loud as I could raise my voice, but all to no purpose.
GULLIVER'S TRAVELSJONATHAN SWIFT
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
The emperor Nicholas of Russia declared, by ukase, his purpose to assist Austria.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
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
For the purpose of ascertaining the Board's powers in this connection the opinion of the Attorney General has been requested.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
The culture of expression is a very different thing from the artful imitation of the signs of feeling and purpose.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
At other times they have a dreadful look of being fibs invented for the purpose of covering a fault.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
The purpose of these larger windows is the effectual lighting of the Boardroom, which is of the height of two storeys.
SHOWELL'S DICTIONARY OF BIRMINGHAMTHOMAS T. HARMAN AND WALTER SHOWELL
If he fall, God has his wise purpose in the judgement, and I shall find resignation.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
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