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[kraws-kwes-chuh n, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈkwɛs tʃən, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object)
to cross-examine.
a question asked by way of cross-examination.
Origin of cross-question
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At last this lively maiden got Philip away from the rest, and began to cross-question him.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • "The woman manes it," said Pete, and he began to cross-question her.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The doctor has forbidden her to speak: in her present condition you cannot cross-question her.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Then suddenly he began to cross-question her about Mr. James Hayley.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Donald seemed about to cross-question him when Peg Macllrea spoke.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • And what right have you to stand there and cross-question me?

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It occurred to him that he might somehow get hold of Dr. Benda and cross-question him.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Who are you that you should cross-question me in this manner?

    A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne Arthur W. Marchmont
  • The sergeant continued to question and cross-question Lynch for half an hour.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
  • He began to cross-question me in the most dignified and mysterious manner.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-question


verb (transitive)
to cross-examine
a question asked in cross-examination
Derived Forms
cross-questioning, noun
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