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cross-channel (not comparable)

  1. That travels across a channel of water; relating to somewhere on the opposite side of the channel
    1. (Britain) Relating to the English Channel; to, from, or on the Continent; involving both Britain and the Continent, especially France
      • 1834, M.T. Sadler, "The Sadlerian School of Political Economy" Selections from the Edinburgh review v.6 p.154:
        The intelligent ship-owner will rejoice to find, that in the partition of trade, which is the inevitable consequence of a state of peace, England still retains the lion's share; whilst for a fine weather and cross channel trade, our neighbours (to use a mariner's phrase) can put to sea in a hencoop, the superiority of our ships and crews secures a preference for British bottoms where dangers are to be run and risks surmounted.
      • 1858 (May 1) Notes & Queries, 2nd Series, v.122 p.349
        the Gauls, who carried on the cross-channel trade between Gaul and Britain, were the inhabitants of the northern coast.
      • 1876 (May 23) Baron Carlingford, House of Commons, v229 c1108
        was it not worth while ... for the country to ... make Dover Harbour really safe and adequate ... they thereby greatly promoted the convenience and safety of the cross-Channel traffic
      • 1951 (October 29), Life, "F.D.R.'s big decision" p.76
        Montgomery to command the British land forces under Eisenhower in the cross-Channel invasion
      • 2004 (April 5), Nicholas Watt, The Guardian, After 100 years, we love France - but they don't like us and we don't like them
        The poll, a joint cross-channel venture carried out by ICM in Britain and BVA Institute in France on behalf of the Guardian and the newspaper Libération, follows a difficult period in Anglo-French history in the wake of the Iraq conflict.
    2. (chiefly Ireland, dated in Britain) Relating to the body of water between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland (the Irish Sea, Saint George's Channel, and the North Channel); to, from, or in the other of the two islands
      • 1825 (February 24) House of Lords Sessional Papers, v.120: Tenth report of the Commissioners of Inquiry into the Collection and Management of the Revenue arising in Ireland, Scotland, etc. p.233
        Effect on the Revenue by the alteration of the Cross Channel Trade: The Acts of last Session of Parliament in regard to the removal of foreign goods between Great Britain and Ireland...
      • 1834 (April 23) Thomas Spring Rice, House of Commons, v22 c1208
        the complete freedom given to general commercial intercourse, by which the cross-channel trade was made, by 6th Geo. 4th c. 107, a coasting-trade; and the intercourse with Ireland was left as unrestricted as that between London and Newcastle.
      • 1940 (June), Norman Somerville, The Rotarian, "Rotary in a Confused World", p.7
        Arriving in Dublin from the Cross Channel steamer
      • 2005 (November 29) Tom Kitt, Dáil Éireann, v611 c8
        The Central Statistics Office publishes annual figures on the estimated total earnings from all visits to Ireland. These figures include a breakdown into the following categories for overseas travel routes: air cross-channel, sea cross-channel, continental and transatlantic.
      • 2008 (January 23) Tommy Marren, Western People "All-Ireland League could be soccer’s saviour"
        Our fascination for cross-channel soccer never ceases to amaze me. We head to places like Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and even Elland Road week in week out in our droves to support teams that have little or no Irish involvement yet we find little or no attraction in attending matches in the eircom League that are virtually on our doorstep.