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    at cross purpose

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    And we were at cross purpose. For now it was becoming clear to me that Mary did not mean to marry me. (Walls’ The Passionate Friends”)

    at cross purpose = with contradictory intentions

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: at cross purpose

    Correct.

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    Re: at cross purpose

    This is far more commonly used in the plural - nowadays at least.

    "At cross purposes"


    See:
    Google Fight : Make this fight with googleFight \"at cross purpose\" VS \"at cross purposes\"

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    Re: at cross purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    This is far more commonly used in the plural - nowadays at least.

    "At cross purposes"


    See:
    Google Fight : Make this fight with googleFight \"at cross purpose\" VS \"at cross purposes\"
    Thank you, Tullia. Sorry I neglected to mention that.

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