palm

1
[ pahm ]
/ pɑm /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. pallidum,
  2. pallium,
  3. pallor,
  4. pally,
  5. pally up,
  6. palm bay,
  7. palm beach,
  8. palm beach gardens,
  9. palm berry,
  10. palm cabbage

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

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 cross someone's palm

Cross

1
/ (krɒs) /

noun the Cross

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

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

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

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

cross

/ (krɒs) /

noun

verb

adjective

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 cross someone's palm
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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

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

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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