A misunderstanding: crossing of the political wires (1930+)
Not in an old house like this, and that's a good thing, for then they can't put the blame on crossed wires.
She was afraid of the crossed wires, and would have been in any case.
He leaned over to peer again through the crossed wires of the deck railing, down into the water.
And suppose there were a few, ah, crossed wires in the manipulation of the corporation's business?
Afraid as she was of the crossed wires, she was more afraid of showing the white feather.
The time seemed ripe now, however, for the writing of "crossed wires," and he had encouraged her to go ahead.
Burning a black hole already in the deep drifts, the crossed wires forbade the girl to advance another yard!
Carl's story must have crossed wires with something else—something that frightened them and made his death imperative.