palm

1
[ pahm ]
/ pɑm /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

palm off, to dispose of by deception, trickery, or fraud; substitute (something) with intent to deceive: Someone had palmed off a forgery on the museum officials.

Idioms

    grease someone's palm, to bribe: Before any work could begin, it was necessary to grease the superintendent's palm.Also cross someone's palm.

Origin of palm

1
1300–50; < Latin palma (cognate with Old English folm hand); replacing Middle English paume < Middle French < Latin palma

Definition for cross someone's palm (2 of 2)

Origin of cross

before 1000; Middle English, late Old English cros < Old Norse kross < Old Irish cros (< British Celtic) < Latin crux; see crux

Related forms

cross·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 cross someone's palm (1 of 5)

Cross

1
/ (krɒs) /

noun the Cross

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

British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm (2 of 5)

Cross

2
/ (krɒs) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm (3 of 5)

palm

1
/ (pɑːm) /

noun

verb (tr)

to conceal in or about the hand, as in sleight-of-hand tricks
to touch or soothe with the palm of the hand
See also palm off

Word Origin for palm

C14 paume, via Old French from Latin palma; compare Old English folm palm of the hand, Greek palamē

British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm (4 of 5)

palm

2
/ (pɑːm) /

noun

any treelike plant of the tropical and subtropical monocotyledonous family Arecaceae (formerly Palmae or Palmaceae), usually having a straight unbranched trunk crowned with large pinnate or palmate leaves
a leaf or branch of any of these trees, a symbol of victory, success, etc
merit or victory
an emblem or insignia representing a leaf or branch worn on certain military decorations

Word Origin for palm

Old English, from Latin palma, from the likeness of its spreading fronds to a hand; see palm 1

British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm (5 of 5)

cross

/ (krɒs) /

noun

verb

adjective

Derived Forms

crosser, nouncrossly, adverbcrossness, noun

Word Origin for cross

Old English cros, from Old Irish cross (unattested), from Latin crux; see crux
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Medicine definitions for cross someone's palm

palm

[ päm ]

n.

The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
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Science definitions for cross someone's palm

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 cross someone's palm (1 of 2)

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

Idioms and Phrases with cross someone's palm (2 of 2)

palm


In addition to the idiom beginning with palm

  • palm off

also see:

  • cross someone's palm
  • grease someone's palm
  • itchy palm
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