American Idioms and Expressions

At Cross Purposes Idiom

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at cross-purposes
What does at cross-purposes mean?
to have opposite ways to do something, to have opposing goalsThey are at cross purposes and are always arguing about what to do.
At cross purposes
What does At cross purposes mean?
When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
at cross-purposes
What does at cross-purposes mean?
to have opposite ways of doing something, to have opposing goals The two men are at cross purposes. They cannot agree about anything.


Some Random Idioms
make no bones about (something)
What does "make no bones about (something)" mean?
make no mistake about something, do not doubt something"Make no bones about it, I am not going to lend my friend any more money."
have (something) on
What does "have (something) on" mean?
have plans for a particular timeI have something on this afternoon so I can't go to the park.
cross one`s fingers
What does "cross one`s fingers" mean?
to cross two fingers of one hand to hope or wish for good luckI crossed my fingers that I would get the job that I had applied for.
free as a bird
What does "free as a bird" mean?
completely free We were as free as a bird so we decided to go on a long holiday.

bogon
What does "bogon" mean?
person who is fake or says absurd things
at loggerheads with (someone)
What does "at loggerheads with (someone)" mean?
to be having a quarrel with someone, to oppose someoneWe have been at loggerheads with the company over their plans to build a new office complex.
Great unwashed
What does "Great unwashed" mean?
This is a term used for the working class masses.
people who live in glass houses should not throw stones
What does "people who live in glass houses should not throw stones" mean?
do not complain about other people if you yourself are not perfect"You should not criticize other people. Remember, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
as luck would have it
What does "as luck would have it" mean?
by chanceAs luck would have it I was able to borrow some clothes to wear to the party.
pin one's hopes/faith on (someone or something)
What does "pin one's hopes/faith on (someone or something)" mean?
to put one's hope/trust/faith in someone or somethingI am not going to pin my hopes on getting a promotion next month.
get rolling
What does "get rolling" mean?
to get started"Let's get rolling and try and finish this project today."
ears become red
What does "ears become red" mean?
one's ears become red from embarrassmentMy ears became red when our teacher asked me a question.

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