crosscross1 /krɒs $ krɒːs/ ●●●S2W2 verb1go from one side to another [intransitive, transitive]CROSS to go or stretch from one side of something such as a road, river, room etc to the othercross toHe crossed to the window.cross (over) the road/street/river etcIt’s easy to have an accident just crossing the road.He was hit by a car when he tried to cross over the road near Euston station.cross the Atlantic/the Channel etcthe first steamship to cross the AtlanticAn old bridge crosses the river.cross overShe crossed over to sit beside Dot.► see thesaurus at travel2cross a line etc [transitive]CROSS if you cross a line, track etc, you go over and beyond itHe raised his arms in triumph as he crossed the line for his 100-metres win.3two roads/lines etc [intransitive, transitive]CROSS if two or more roads, lines, etc cross, or if one crosses another, they go across each otherThe by-pass crosses Wilton Lane shortly after a roundabout.4legs/arms/ankles [transitive]HBH if you cross your legs, arms, or ankles, you put one on top of the otherShe was sitting on the floor with her legs crossed.5 →cross somebody’s mind6 →cross somebody’s face7 →cross your fingers8breed of plant/animal [transitive]HBMIX to mix two or more different breeds of animal or plant to form a new breed → crossbreeda flower produced by crossing several different varietiescross something with somethingThese cattle were crossed with a breed from the highlands.
cross• There's a post office where Oakland Road crosses 32nd Street.• I wouldn't cross her if I were you.• Doris sat down and crossed her legs.• Before you cross, make sure there are no other cars coming.• They also began to cross over from the rhythm-and-blues audience to the mainstreampop audience.• They cross roads diagonally, walk in front of parked cars and forget to look in more than one direction at junctions.• They crossed the Atlantic in a convoy of fifty ships.• This is the point where Washington's armycrossed the Delaware River.• Johnson crossed the finish line in first place.• He plans to cross the Himalayas on foot.• Military traffic has been crossing the new pontoonbridge since Dec. 31 at a rate up to 400 vehicles each day.• How are we going to cross the river?• It took a lot of courage to cross the RockyMountains in those days.• But our correction had put us on course and we crossed the shoreline at Alexandria.• Antonia went to cross the street to buy us some sodas.• Look both ways before crossing the street.• I had to reverse, climb up to retrieve the runner and cross the wall for a third time.• As you accomplishtasks, cross them off your list.• What crosses this border is information, in the form of chemicals.• She had crossed this road before, deftly robbingPeter to slip a rubber cheque into Paul's back pocket.• Some species of plants can be crossed very easily.cross (over) the road/street/river etc• The following day Arista ordered General Torrejon with 1,600 cavalry to cross the river.• Dennison crossed the road and disappeared again.• Marcelle entered his room seconds after she saw him cross the street from her window.• We crossed the street, I felt sick.• When I was hit by a drunk driver in 1980, crossing the road in Los Angeles.• She crossed the street to get it.
crosscross2 ●●●S3W3 noun [countable]1mixture of things a mixture of two things, breeds, or qualitiescross betweenThe tour manager’s role is a cross between hostess and courier.Their dog is a cross between two well-known breeds.2mark on paper especially British Englisha)SIGN/INDICATIONa mark (x or +) used on paper, to represent where something is, or where something should beI’ve put a cross on the map to mark where our street is.Please sign your name by the cross.b)SECORRECTa mark (x) used on paper to show that something that has been written or printed is not correctMy homework got a lot more ticks than crosses.c)SIGN YOUR NAMEa mark (x or +) used by someone who cannot write, in order to sign their name3Christian signa)SCC the cross the cross that Jesus Christ died onChristians believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.b)CFRRCan object, picture, or mark in the shape of a cross, used as a sign of the Christianfaith or for decorationPauline wore a tiny gold cross.4punishment an upright post of wood with another crossing it near the top, that people in the past were fastened to with nails and left to die on as a punishment5military awardPGO a decoration in the shape of a cross that is given to someone as an honour, especially for military courageHe was awarded the George Cross.
6sporta)DSa kick or hit of the ball in a sport such as football, hockey etc, that goes across the fieldb)DSOa way of hitting someone in the sport of boxing, in which your arm goes over theirs as they try to hit youHe caught his opponent with a right cross to the chin.7problem if you describe something as the cross that someone has to bear, you mean it is a problem that makes them very unhappy or worried, and that continues for a long timeI feel sorry for you, but we all have our crosses to bear. → the sign of the Crossat sign1(10)
right cross• I would really have to deliver a right cross.• She threw a right cross that nearly knocked me over the railing.• He pounded Benichou to the body and caught him with a right cross to the chin at the end of the first.• Jab-jab, left hook, my opening left hands moving him to the right, to meet my right cross.• She also had a sincereright cross.• The right cross is the payoffpunch of the entirescience.have ... crosses to bear• We all have our crosses to bear.crosscross3 ●●●S2 adjective [usually before noun] especially British EnglishANGRYangry or annoyedget/be cross (with somebody)She gets cross when he goes out drinking.Sometimes I get very cross with the children.cross at/aboutShe was cross at being interrupted.► see thesaurus at angry —crossly adverb
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cross• She was cross at the way he had treated her as though she weren't a normal girl - some kind of freak.• How hot she was, caught in these crossbeams!• This monoclonal antibody shows no cross reactivity with transforminggrowthfactoralpha.• Good lecturers will often make crossreferences to earlier lectures.• It had a ten-inch blade that was triangular in crosssection.• Mum will be cross when she finds out about the broken vase.• I'm sorry I was cross with you.get/be cross (with somebody)• Then we were crossing a rutted rock pavement, a trig point incongruously ahead.• He is cross at having to come here when his time with Enid is so short.• A line which would never be crossed could be drawn down the center of the market.• In our cross-cultural world the language wiresget crossed ever more frequently.• Her legs were crossed so that her knees were exposed.• Once the line between the conventionalprimarysource and the secondary study is crossed, the flood is even worse.• Did you see the truck that was crossing the river and crashed through the ice?• It is not uncommon to hear of old women who are cross when asked to performdomestic tasks in residential care!cross-cross- /krɒs $ krɒːs/ prefix1CROSSgoing from one side to the othera cross-Channel ferry (=sailing from Britain to France)2CONNECTED WITHgoing between two things and joining themcross-cultural influences
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cross-• cross-country skiingFrom Longman Business Dictionarycrosscross /krɒskrɒːs/ verb [transitive]cross a cheque British EnglishBANKING to draw two lines and write the words ‘account payee’ on a cheque, showing that it can only be paid into a bank account of the person named on the cheque, and not exchanged for cash or paid into a different account SYN ENDORSE→ See Verb table