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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We work at cross-purposes. Too many of us are crooked.
ship ''Kurofune'' opened Japan to the world and led to its modernization, the two countries ended up ''at cross-purposes'' and war -- an irony that reflects the relationship between the United States and Japan after the Meiji era which started from 1868.
This is a case wherein company and customer are working at cross-purposes. Yet, this need not be.
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.
The novel is peopled with a host of wacky characters, all running amok at cross-purposes. Whitener gives each a recognizable and very appropriate voice.
For another, at least nine government agencies have been involved in the fight against the plume, sometimes at cross-purposes. Most important, Green manages to make the technical details of the story engaging, perhaps because the piece reads less like a standard news report and more like a whimsical but informative magazine feature.
BAHRAIN's health system lacks clear direction and is "working at cross-purposes", a top doctor told a major conference yesterday.
Deriding the DPJ's stated plan to ban donations from companies and other organizations, Aso said, ''If the party blames the system for its violations of the law, it's just switching the focus of the argument.'' The two leaders' debate on the matter was conducted at cross-purposes.
The Missouri yoga community and the state's Department of Revenue are now at similar cross-purposes. Like many states, Missouri leaders are looking to alternative sources of revenue as budgets tighten.
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. In the next few weeks, the Departments of Energy and Agriculture are expected to officially join forces with this initiative.
The main argument advanced is that while democracy and democratization have often been perceived as vital prerequisites necessary for the creation of peace after civil war, "the goals of democratization and the demands of conflict management often work at cross-purposes" (p.
In other words, too much multitasking or too many demands at cross-purposes can and will sabotage one's highest dreams.