"Never believe a hostile witness until he has safely stood the fire of cross-examination," he remarked, oracularly.
"I am not treating you as a hostile witness, sir," answered Winter calmly.
Elcho is a hostile witness: for twenty years he vainly dunned Charles for a debt of 1,500l.
A hostile witness—not to be treated as hostile—a matter for delicate handling!
She proceeded to cross-examine him after the fashion of a barrister handling a hostile witness.
She examined Mrs. Tams about the invalid's health as a lawyer examines a hostile witness.
A hostile witness might even have insinuated that she was “posing.”
When you set out to prove a case out of the mouth of a hostile witness, you are embarking on a very doubtful enterprise.