Idioms

    bear one's cross, to accept trials or troubles patiently.
    cross one's heart. heart(def 24).
    cross one's mind. mind(def 37).
    cross one's path. path(def 7).
    cross someone's palm (with silver), to give money to, especially in payment for a service: I shall tell your fortune, but you must first cross my palm with silver.
    cross the line, line1(def 68).
    on the cross, Older Slang. in a dishonest manner; illegally: Her elegant clothes and those two splendid rings had been acquired on the cross.
    take the cross, to make the vows of a crusader.

Origin of cross

before 1000; Middle English, late Old English cros < Old Norse kross < Old Irish cros (< British Celtic) < Latin crux; see crux
Related formscross·a·ble, adjectivecross·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·cross, verbun·cross·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

49. Cross, ill-natured, peevish, sullen refer to being in a bad mood or ill temper. Cross means temporarily in an irritable or fretful state, and somewhat angry: He gave her a cross reply and walked out of the room. Ill-natured implies a more permanent condition, without definite cause, and means unpleasant, unkind, inclined to snarl or be spiteful: an ill-natured dog; ill-natured spite. Peevish means complaining and snappish: She's acting like a peevish child again. Sullen suggests a kind of glowering silent gloominess and means refusing to speak because of bad humor, anger, or a sense of injury or resentment: I know I haven't called, but why are you suddenly so sullen and vindictive?
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British Dictionary definitions for bear one's cross

Cross

1

noun the Cross

the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified
the Crucifixion of Jesus

Cross

2

noun

Richard Assheton, 1st Viscount. 1823–1914, British Conservative statesman, home secretary (1874–80); noted for reforms affecting housing, public health, and the employment of women and children in factories

cross

noun

a structure or symbol consisting essentially of two intersecting lines or pieces at right angles to one another
a wooden structure used as a means of execution, consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece to which people were nailed or tied
a representation of the Cross used as an emblem of Christianity or as a reminder of Christ's death
any mark or shape consisting of two intersecting lines, esp such a symbol (×) used as a signature, point of intersection, error mark, etc
a sign representing the Cross made either by tracing a figure in the air or by touching the forehead, breast, and either shoulder in turn
any conventional variation of the Christian symbol, used emblematically, decoratively, or heraldically, such as a Maltese, tau, or Greek cross
heraldry any of several charges in which one line crosses or joins another at right angles
a cruciform emblem awarded to indicate membership of an order or as a decoration for distinguished service
(sometimes capital) Christianity or Christendom, esp as contrasted with non-Christian religionsCross and Crescent
the place in a town or village where a cross has been set up
a pipe fitting, in the form of a cross, for connecting four pipes
biology
  1. the process of crossing; hybridization
  2. an individual produced as a result of this process
a mixture of two qualities or typeshe's a cross between a dictator and a saint
an opposition, hindrance, or misfortune; affliction (esp in the phrase bear one's cross)
slang a match or game in which the outcome has been rigged
slang a fraud or swindle
boxing a straight punch delivered from the side, esp with the right hand
football the act or an instance of kicking or passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field
on the cross
  1. diagonally
  2. slangdishonestly

verb

(sometimes foll by over) to move or go across (something); traverse or intersectwe crossed the road
  1. to meet and passthe two trains crossed
  2. (of each of two letters in the post) to be dispatched before receipt of the other
(tr; usually foll by out, off, or through) to cancel with a cross or with lines; delete
(tr) to place or put in a form resembling a crossto cross one's legs
(tr) to mark with a cross or crosses
(tr) British to draw two parallel lines across the face of (a cheque) and so make it payable only into a bank account
(tr)
  1. to trace the form of the Cross, usually with the thumb or index finger upon (someone or something) in token of blessing
  2. to make the sign of the Cross upon (oneself)
(intr) (of telephone lines) to interfere with each other so that three or perhaps four callers are connected together at one time
to cause fertilization between (plants or animals of different breeds, races, varieties, etc)
(tr) to oppose the wishes or plans of; thwarthis opponent crosses him at every turn
football to kick or pass (the ball) from a wing to the middle of the field
(tr) nautical to set (the yard of a square sail) athwartships
cross a bridge when one comes to it to deal with matters, problems, etc, as they arise; not to anticipate difficulties
cross one's fingers to fold one finger across another in the hope of bringing good luckkeep your fingers crossed
cross one's heart to promise or pledge, esp by making the sign of a cross over one's heart
cross one's mind to occur to one briefly or suddenly
cross someone's palm to give someone money
cross someone's path to meet or thwart someone
cross swords to argue or fight

adjective

angry; ill-humoured; vexed
lying or placed across; transversea cross timber
involving interchange; reciprocal
contrary or unfavourable
another word for crossbred (def. 1)
a Brit slang word for dishonest
Derived Formscrosser, nouncrossly, adverbcrossness, noun

Word Origin for cross

Old English cros, from Old Irish cross (unattested), from Latin crux; see crux
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Word Origin and History for bear one's cross

cross

adj.

"ill-tempered," 1630s, probably from 16c. sense of "contrary, athwart," especially with reference to winds and sailing ships, from cross (n.). Cross-purposes "contradictory intentions" is from 1660s.

cross

n.

Old English cros (mid-10c.), from Old Irish cros, probably via Scandinavian, from Latin crux (accusative crucem, genitive crucis) "stake, cross" on which criminals were impaled or hanged, hence, figuratively, "torture, trouble, misery;" originally a tall, round pole; possibly of Phoenician origin. Replaced Old English rood. Also from Latin crux are Italian croce, French croix, Spanish and Portuguese cruz, Dutch kruis, German Kreuz.

cross

v.

c.1200, "make the sign of a cross," from cross (n.). Sense of "to go across" is from c.1400; that of "to cancel by drawing lines over" is from mid-15c. Related: Crossed; crossing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for bear one's cross

cross

[krôs]

Noun

A plant or animal produced by crossbreeding; a hybrid.

Verb

To crossbreed or cross-fertilize plants or animals.
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Idioms and Phrases with bear one's cross

bear one's cross

see cross to bear.

cross

In addition to the idioms beginning with cross

  • cross a bridge when one comes to it
  • cross as a bear
  • cross my heart and hope to die
  • cross one's fingers
  • cross one's mind
  • cross over
  • cross someone's palm with silver
  • cross someone's path
  • cross swords
  • cross the Rubicon
  • cross to bear
  • cross up

also see:

  • at cross purposes
  • at the crossroads
  • caught in the middle (cross-fire)
  • dot one's i's and cross one's t's
  • double cross
  • get one's wires crossed
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