cross-purposes


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Related to cross-purposes: take into account, set out, in favor of, for the most part, cross off, lined up

cross-purposes

noun adverseness, antonym, at variance, clashing, contention, contradiction, difference of opinion, difficulty, disagreement, discord, disparity, in opposition, misunderstanding, odds, variance
Associated concepts: at cross-purposes with the intent of the law
See also: argument, contention, disaccord
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An independent commission should be formed to probe causes and consequences as well as macroeconomic implications of the energy crisis and choking CNG sector which may work as a wakeup call for the authorities who have worked on cross-purposes since years without any objection from the ruling elite.
Milton scholarship, he also argues, would have none of this and instead insists that Milton simply doesn't have an agenda that's at cross-purposes with the Church.
It is imperative for the smooth running of the ECP and for holding free and fair elections that the CEC and all ECP members stay on the same wavelength, for if they are at cross-purposes at this crucial juncture in the country's history then Justice Ebrahim's appointment would not make much of a difference.
Many external powers are deeply involved," the former UN chief wrote in an article for The Washington Post, noting "Despite formal unity behind the six-point plan, mutual mistrust has made them work at cross-purposes.
It's a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright''s comic arsenal -from excruciating cross-purposes to silly impersonations, drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, DOT and the Environmental Protection Agency already have combined efforts, working together on grants and seeking ways to minimize federal programs for local governments that work at cross-purposes.
The Missouri yoga community and the state's Department of Revenue are now at similar cross-purposes.
YOUR correspondent Darren Murphy appears to be at cross-purposes concerning his condemnation of Ashley Blake for defending his property (letters, September 14).
The two leaders' debate on the matter was conducted at cross-purposes.
For another, at least nine government agencies have been involved in the fight against the plume, sometimes at cross-purposes.
The novel is peopled with a host of wacky characters, all running amok at cross-purposes.
But these efforts are doomed to fail because they are working at cross-purposes with other activities supported by Gonzales and Villaraigosa--dismantling our southern border.