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[kraws-toun, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌtaʊn, ˈkrɒs-/
situated or traveling in a direction extending across a town or city:
a crosstown street; a crosstown bus.
in a direction extending across a town or city:
The car sped crosstown.
Informal. a bus running primarily in a crosstown direction.
Origin of crosstown
First recorded in 1885-90; cross- + town Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the corner of Twenty-third Street she took a cross-town car.

  • At five in the morning the cross-town streets are almost deserted.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • A few minutes later they transferred to a cross-town line without misadventure.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The cab came opposite a tall apartment house at the junction of a cross-town car line.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • Instead, they hung to a strap in a cross-town car, changed to the ferry, and again to the Long Island Railroad.

    The Man Who Could Not Lose Richard Harding Davis
  • She hesitated, then decided that it would be better to walk a little further and take a cross-town car.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • They had made the mistake of leaving the terminal by a wrong exit and had emerged on to a cross-town street.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • It was a cross-town car bound for quite another locality that she climbed aboard.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • How I used to look down upon the bob-tailed cars at the cross-town streets.

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • A full account of the construction of the cross-town tunnels will be given by the Resident Engineers.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-town


(US & Canadian) going across or following a route across a town: a cross-town bus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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