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cross-question

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

cross-question (plural cross-questions)

  1. a question performed during a cross-examination
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 237b.
      the best way to get things clear is if we gently cross-question this very statement.

VerbEdit

cross-question (third-person singular simple present cross-questions, present participle cross-questioning, simple past and past participle cross-questioned)

  1. (transitive) to subject to close questioning.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 1, Jocelin of Brakelond
      The good man, he looks on us so clear and cheery, and in his neighbourly soft-smiling eyes we see so well our own shadow, - we have a longing always to cross-question him.