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Related to cross-purpose: follow suit, catch up, in the first place, rest on, rub off, the likes of, turn up
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a contrary aim

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He says: "Large companies struggle with product innovation not because there is a lack of commitment but because innovation is often at cross-purpose with other aspects of the business.
With the addition of the WRTA bus hub to the environs, and road and traffic signal changes -- plus taxi drivers' habit of congregating at the front of Union Station whether they have a fare there or not -- Washington Square at rush hour has become a knot of cross-purposes.
In other words, too much multitasking or too many demands at cross-purposes can and will sabotage one's highest dreams.
government can work at cross-purposes in dealing with terrorism, take a look at the failed effort to release Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo.
An independent commission should be formed to probe causes and consequences as well as macroeconomic implications of the energy crisis and choking CNG sector which may work as a wakeup call for the authorities who have worked on cross-purposes since years without any objection from the ruling elite.
It is imperative for the smooth running of the ECP and for holding free and fair elections that the CEC and all ECP members stay on the same wavelength, for if they are at cross-purposes at this crucial juncture in the country's history then Justice Ebrahim's appointment would not make much of a difference.
Many external powers are deeply involved," the former UN chief wrote in an article for The Washington Post, noting "Despite formal unity behind the six-point plan, mutual mistrust has made them work at cross-purposes.
It's a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright''s comic arsenal -from excruciating cross-purposes to silly impersonations, drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls.
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.
The Missouri yoga community and the state's Department of Revenue are now at similar cross-purposes.
YOUR correspondent Darren Murphy appears to be at cross-purposes concerning his condemnation of Ashley Blake for defending his property (letters, September 14).
The two leaders' debate on the matter was conducted at cross-purposes.
For another, at least nine government agencies have been involved in the fight against the plume, sometimes at cross-purposes.
The novel is peopled with a host of wacky characters, all running amok at cross-purposes.
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.