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crossed wires

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crossed wires

noun

A misunderstanding: crossing of the political wires (1930+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • She was afraid of the crossed wires, and would have been in any case.

  • And suppose there were a few, ah, crossed wires in the manipulation of the corporation's business?

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Not in an old house like this, and that's a good thing, for then they can't put the blame on crossed wires.

  • The time seemed ripe now, however, for the writing of "crossed wires," and he had encouraged her to go ahead.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • Burning a black hole already in the deep drifts, the crossed wires forbade the girl to advance another yard!

  • Afraid as she was of the crossed wires, she was more afraid of showing the white feather.

  • He leaned over to peer again through the crossed wires of the deck railing, down into the water.

    The Stolen Singer

    Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • Carl's story must have crossed wires with something else—something that frightened them and made his death imperative.

    Diane of the Green Van

    Leona Dalrymple

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