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crosspatch

[kraws-pach, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌpætʃ, ˈkrɒs-/
noun, Informal.
1.
a bad-tempered or irritable person.
Origin of crosspatch
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700; cross- + patch1
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Examples from the Web for crosspatch
Historical Examples
  • "I said crosspatch," she faltered and waited bravely for the deluge.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
  • "He won't ever forget I called him a crosspatch," she said sadly and she blushed.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
  • “And you're helping her,” the crosspatch Conductor said, gruffly.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • “I call Miss Winstead crosspatch now,” she said on this occasion.

    Daddy's Girl L. T. Meade
  • King crosspatch would sigh, as he watched the old man at work.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book Loretta Ellen Brady
  • And it's the crosspatch Conductor's day, too—we've had an awful time coaxing him to wait!

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Mr. Blodgett said he'd telegraph to have the crosspatch Conduc—I mean the conductor—bring them with him to-morrow.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The two heads were close together, and the crosspatch Conductor smiled as he passed them.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The train was wriggling into motion, and Glory caught sight of the crosspatch Conductor on one end of the platform.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The crosspatch Conductor took note of the two brown heads bent over the book and wondered behind his grim mask.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for crosspatch

crosspatch

/ˈkrɒsˌpætʃ/
noun
1.
(informal) a peevish bad-tempered person
Word Origin
C18: from cross + obsolete patch fool
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