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cross (one's) bows
To annoy or irritate. Boy, you are really crossing my bows today. Why can't you just do what I ask without arguing about it?
cross the Great Divide
To die. I'm really scared that mom is going to cross the Great Divide any day now. The doctors are saying that it's only a matter of time.
cross (one's) fingers
To hope that something will happen. The actual gesture, which does not have to accompany the phrase, involves crossing one's middle finger over the index finger as a superstition believed to bring good luck or ward off bad luck. I'm crossing my fingers that I get a bike for my birthday!
1. To draw a line through someone's name on a list (possibly to denote their presence, absence, or their completion of something). A noun or pronoun can be used between "cross" and "off." I crossed off all the kids that were on-time today. Hey, cross me off—I already brought in my donation.
2. To mark something as completed, as on a list. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cross" and "off." I mowed the lawn today, so I can finally cross that off my to-do list. You'll finally be able to cross off hang gliding on your bucket list!
To draw a line through or otherwise obscure something so as to designate its removal or need to be disregarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cross" and "out." A: "Why is Amy's name crossed out?" B: "Because she's not coming on the field trip anymore." I crossed out all of the words that need to be deleted in the next draft.
1. verb To pass over something, as from an elevated position. Can we use the bridge to cross over the creek? I don't want to get wet.
2. verb To move from one place to another, as by crossing some sort of border, barrier, or stretch of land; to cross. Thousands of refugees are expected to cross over the border in the coming months. We have to cross over an entire desert before we reach an outpost.
3. verb To become successful in a separate but related field or genre. Don't expect to reach George Clooney's level of success—few television actors are able to cross over to movies so seamlessly. The pop star actually began her career as a country singer before she crossed over.
4. verb To cause someone to become successful in a separate but related field or genre. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cross" and "over." A successful TV show could cross you over into movies one day.
5. verb To change one's affiliation with something; to join a different side or party. She used to be a devout Catholic, so I'm surprised to hear that she's now crossed over to Judaism. I didn't realize that Uncle Roger was once a Democrat, since he crossed over to the Republican Party so long ago.
6. verb, euphemism To die. It's been a year since my grandfather crossed over, and I still miss him just as much. We'll all cross over to the other side one day, so you better make the best of life while you can.
7. noun A creative work, such as a television episode or story, that incorporates characters from a different (often related) show or story. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. I can't wait for the crossover of Supergirl and The Flash!
8. noun A vehicle that combines the features of a car and a sport utility vehicle (SUV). It is typically bigger than a traditional car and smaller than a traditional SUV. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or written as one word. After having this tiny car for so long, I think I want a crossover next.
9. noun In basketball, a move in which the player dribbles the ball one way before quickly changing direction in order to pass by the defender. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. He's known for his lightning quick crossover, which has left some defenders tumbling on the floor.
10. noun In ice skating, a move accomplished by alternating the skating foot by crossing one over the other to gain momentum or change direction. Used for varying purposes in both figure skating and ice hockey. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. You'd better learn how to do a proper crossover if you want to bring your skating to the next level.
11. adjective Describing someone that is successful in two separate but related fields or genres. When used as an adjective, the phrase is usually written as one word. Don't expect to reach George Clooney's level of success—few television actors are able to become a crossover star so quickly.
12. adjective Describing something that blends two distinct but related things, as to appeal to a wide audience. When used as an adjective, the phrase is usually written as one word. A TV show that's also a musical is a crossover dream—think of the audience we'll capture! I can't wait for the crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash!
cross over into (some place)
To move from one place into another, as by crossing some sort of border or barrier. Our driving goal today is to cross over into Nebraska before nightfall.
1. to cross something such as a river or a street. This is a very wide river. Where do we cross over? Let's cross over here where it's shallow.
2. to change sides, from one to another. Some players from the other team crossed over and joined ours after the tournament.
3. Euph. to die. Uncle Herman crossed over long before Aunt Helen.
cross over something
to go some place by crossing a border, river, mountain range, etc. Do we want to cross over the river at this point? How do we cross over the highway?
cross someone or something off (of) somethingand cross someone or something off
to eliminate a name from a list or record. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) We will have to cross her off of our list. We crossed off Sarah. I crossed the sweater off the list of what I needed to buy.
cross someone or something out
to draw a line through the name of someone or something on a list or record. You can cross me out. I'm not going. Please cross out Sarah's name. I crossed the sweater out. It was an error.
1. Change from one field or affiliation to another, as in Graham Greene crossed over from the Anglican to the Roman Catholic Church, or If he doesn't run I'm going to cross over to the Democratic Party. [First half of 1900s]
2. Also, cross over to the other side. Die, as in It's a year since my grandmother crossed over to the other side. [c. 1930]
1. To draw a line or lines on something to delete or obscure it, or to indicate that it should be canceled or ignored: The student crossed out so many words that the essay was difficult to read. I crossed the sentence out and rewrote it.
2. To remove someone or something from a list or record: The teacher crossed out the name of each student who had left the school. We crossed them out of the database when they left the neighborhood.
1. To move from one side of something to another: Let's cross over the bridge.
2. To change from one condition or loyalty to another: The political party was furious when the senator crossed over and voted against the bill.
3. To extend success or popularity in one field into another: The actor successfully crossed over from the stage to the movies.
4. To extend the success or popularity of someone in one field into another: The jazz musician hoped the media exposure would cross her over to a pop audience.
5. To die: My uncle finally crossed over after a long illness.