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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.

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cross-purposeA conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.
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