at cross purposes

- делать что-л. наперекор (не намеренно, а в результате взаимного непонимания).
They are at cross purposes and are always arguing about what to do.
Tom's parents acted at cross purposes in advising him; his father wanted him to become a doctor; but his mother wanted him to become a minister.
Категории: {adv. phr.}

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