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cross (one) (up)

To defy, challenge, or frustrate one. Don't cross that guy if you want a job in publishing—he's a celebrated editor.
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cross someone

to oppose someone. You best not cross Jim. He has a very bad temper. This is the last time you cross me, you hear?
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Adding heft to Burke's concerns: When I privately discussed his case with a prominent British physician who I expected would sympathize with Burke's views, I was taken aback when he told me crossly, "Burke is only thinking of himself rather than looking at the bigger picture.
To ensure the continuity of this relationship, company equities are crossly held.
However, referee Crossly pointed to the spot and there was a sense of justice in the home ranks when former England midfielder Salako dragged his spot kick wide.
An elderly Italian woman appears from the darkness and crossly sends them away, speaking in incomprehensible Neapolitan.
She looked at me crossly, her lips pursing as she did whenever one of us said something rude.
I put her diaper back on for the tenth time, and as I put her in her First Communion dress, I muttered crossly to God that if "all things work together for the good of those who love him," I hoped he had a plan for this little circumstance.
She may begin to yell, speak angrily, and shake her finger, drumstick, or iron dagger crossly at the patient, demanding that the bad spirit talk.
The audience was bewildered as I shouted to the prompt corner, rather crossly, 'Drop the curtain.
I hate that word hulking," objected Tom crossly, "even in kidding.
His brows furrowed crossly when he saw all the deer standing in a group, laughing and carrying on.
It'd be dark by the time he got done with dinner so Pohlman, a self-described ``driveway rat,'' would turn on the outside light in front of his family's suburban Atlanta house, switch on the radio and the headlights of the family sedan and shoot baskets until well past midnight - or until the neighbors across the street crossly hollered at him to cease with all that thumping.
An Egyptian perfumer, Anwar, based at the Canada Dry Palace shop on Sphinx Street, right in the shadow of the Pyramids, said crossly that French research chemists took his oils back to Grasse, the heart of the French perfume industry.
He's been talking that way for years', said Stella, crossly.
Among all his other talents, Jack happened to be a marvelous actor, but my sympathy faded over the course of the afternoon and our visit ended rather crossly.
I told him quite crossly that he did not understand what he was talking about.