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 for Cross-purpose
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cross-purpose \cross"-pur`pose\ (-p?r`p?s), n.
     1. A counter or opposing purpose; a contrary aim; hence, that
        which is inconsistent or contradictory. --Shaftesbury.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. pl. A conversational game, in which questions and answers
        are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.
        [1913 Webster]
     To be at cross-purposes, to misunderstand or to act counter
        to one another without intending it; -- said of persons.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"

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