a contrary or conflicting purpose: usually in the phrase at cross purposes, acting, often unintentionally, according to conflicting goals
A usually unintentionally conflicting or contrary purpose.
- (idiomatic) A contrary or conflicting purpose or understanding, especially an unintentional or misconceived one.
- We are working at cross-purposes here, if you're trying to reduce the count and I'm trying to increase it.
- (dated) A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.
(plural cross purposes)
- Alternative form of cross-purpose.