verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adjective, cross·er, cross·est.
- Biology. (of a chromosome segment) to undergo crossing over.
- to switch allegiance, as from one political party to another.
- to change successfully from one field of endeavor, genre, etc., to another: to cross over from jazz to rock.
- to die; pass away.
- to change arrangements made with; deceive: He crossed me up after we had agreed to tell the police the same story.
- to confuse: I was supposed to meet him at the station, but got crossed up.
Origin of cross
Related formscross·a·ble, adjectivecross·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·cross, verbun·cross·a·ble, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm with silver (1 of 3)
noun the Cross
British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm with silver (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for cross someone's palm with silver (3 of 3)
- the process of crossing; hybridization
- an individual produced as a result of this process
- slang dishonestly
- to meet and passthe two trains crossed
- (of each of two letters in the post) to be dispatched before receipt of the other
- to trace the form of the Cross, usually with the thumb or index finger upon (someone or something) in token of blessing
- to make the sign of the Cross upon (oneself)
Derived Formscrosser, nouncrossly, adverbcrossness, noun
Word Origin for cross
Science definitions for cross someone's palm with silver
Idioms and Phrases with cross someone's palm with silver (1 of 2)
cross someone's palm with silver
Pay for a service; pay in advance. For example, I'll give you all the details, but first cross my palm with silver. This phrase alludes to the old practice of placing silver coins across a gypsy fortuneteller's hand before having one's fortune told. Today it is sometimes used in a jocular way to ask for a bribe or a tip, as in the example. [c. 1700] Also see grease someone's palm.
Idioms and Phrases with cross someone's palm with silver (2 of 2)
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
- 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