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hostile witness

a witness who gives evidence against the party calling him
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  • "I am not treating you as a hostile witness, sir," answered Winter calmly.

  • A hostile witness—not to be treated as hostile—a matter for delicate handling!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • A hostile witness might even have insinuated that she was “posing.”

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • She examined Mrs. Tams about the invalid's health as a lawyer examines a hostile witness.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • Elcho is a hostile witness: for twenty years he vainly dunned Charles for a debt of 1,500l.

    Pickle the Spy Andrew Lang
  • "Never believe a hostile witness until he has safely stood the fire of cross-examination," he remarked, oracularly.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • She proceeded to cross-examine him after the fashion of a barrister handling a hostile witness.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • When you set out to prove a case out of the mouth of a hostile witness, you are embarking on a very doubtful enterprise.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm

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