cross-purposes


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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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There's never a good reason to argue at cross-purposes, unless your purpose is to make someone cross.
In his account of how sociology of religion developed in America, Blasi presents history as a sociologist would, through social movements, organizations, groups working in concert, and groups working at cross-purposes.
With the addition of the WRTA bus hub to the environs, and road and traffic signal changes -- plus taxi drivers' habit of congregating at the front of Union Station whether they have a fare there or not -- Washington Square at rush hour has become a knot of cross-purposes.
In other words, too much multitasking or too many demands at cross-purposes can and will sabotage one's highest dreams.
government can work at cross-purposes in dealing with terrorism, take a look at the failed effort to release Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo.
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.
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.
But in the Jews' postmodern state, with diaspora eliminated either via aliyah or the comfortable blend of assimilation and domesticity most American Jews would claim, the Talmud has lost that function, and so an indexa way to make studying Talmud eitherno longer seems at cross-purposes with one aspect of the Talmud's existence.
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.