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crosspatch

[kraws-pach, kros-]
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noun Informal.
  1. a bad-tempered or irritable person.
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Origin of crosspatch

First recorded in 1690–1700; cross- + patch1
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Historical Examples

  • "You are a cross-patch," exclaimed Nan in her most spoilt tone.

    Red Rose and Tiger Lily

    L. T. Meade

  • I hope you will let me know if you think I have invented a good plan to cure a cross-patch.

    The Big Nightcap Letters

    Frances Elizabeth Barrow


British Dictionary definitions for cross-patch

crosspatch

noun
  1. informal a peevish bad-tempered person
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Word Origin

C18: from cross + obsolete patch fool
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Word Origin and History for cross-patch

n.

"peevish person," usually female, c.1700, from cross (adj.) + patch (n.1) "piece."

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