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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. 2017.
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  • It occurred to him that he might somehow get hold of Dr. Benda and cross-question him.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Donald seemed about to cross-question him when Peg Macllrea spoke.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • "Tell me all about yourself," she said; and proceeded to cross-question him about his life and his adventures.

    Samuel the Seeker Upton Sinclair
  • And what right have you to stand there and cross-question me?

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • So five or six of them, all speaking together, began to heckle and cross-question Pelivan.

  • At last this lively maiden got Philip away from the rest, and began to cross-question him.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Miss Sophronia next began to cross-question her about Mrs. Cheriton's last days.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • "The woman manes it," said Pete, and he began to cross-question her.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • If Carder should suddenly revert to that day and cross-question him, he must have his denials ready.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • Then suddenly he began to cross-question her about Mr. James Hayley.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
British Dictionary definitions for cross-question


verb (transitive)
to cross-examine
a question asked in cross-examination
Derived Forms
cross-questioning, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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