Was there ever such a cross-grained brute, that won't hear me?
This fellow was not only cross-grained, but absolutely malignant.
At the first verse that cross-grained spinster, with real likes and dislikes, put a bony hand quietly before her eyes.
He was not a growly-wowly, cross-grained man, like some fathers we know of—not he.
His mother was a curious, cross-grained old woman, not yet a Christian.
He handed Willie a piece of cross-grained wood and a blunt knife.
"cross-grained old harridan," he said out loud to his nephew.
I can't believe any one was ever born with such a cross-grained temper.
The tough, cross-grained fibre of him seemed proof against alcohol.
See what the Grammonts would have been now, but for this cross-grained fellow!