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cross-examine someone

to question someone in court who has already been questioned by the opposing side; to question a suspect or a witness at great length. The lawyer plans to cross-examine the witness tomorrow morning. The police cross-examined the suspect for three hours.

examine someone in something

to give someone an examination in a particular subject or covering certain material. The committee examined her in her knowledge of history. I was examined in math.
See also: examine

examine someone on something

to give someone an examination covering certain material. I will have to examine you on this chapter myself. The teacher examined Larry on his understanding of phonetics.
See also: examine, on

examine someone or something for something

to inspect someone or something for the presence of something. I examined the child for signs of abuse. You had better examine this dog for ticks. Don't forget to examine yourself for ticks after you return from the hike.
See also: examine

need (to have) your head examined

you have done something that will make others think you stupid or strange Anyone who pays that much for a pair of jeans needs to have her head examined.
Usage notes: usually used as a humorous criticism
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need your head examined/examining

  (British, American & Australian humorous) also need your head testing (British humorous)
if you tell someone they need their head testing, you think that they are crazy because they have done something stupid or strange You need your head examined if you're willing to spend £120 on a pair of jeans.
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get one's head examined

Also, have one's head examined. One is crazy or absolutely wrong. For example, You like this food? Go get your head examined, or If you believe that story, you should have your head examined. This hyperbolic and usually jocular expression of disagreement may, thought Eric Partridge, allude to the now discredited field of phrenology, which holds that the configurations of the skull reveal mental and emotional characteristics. [Early 1900s]
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The range in grades 11 and 12 averages in the examinable subjects was from 58.
Of course, some bank products and services that are examinable and supervisable might nevertheless be deemed unsuitable for banks on other grounds (e.
The authors construct six measures per school: average marks among Aboriginal students; percentage of provincial exams failed; difference between school mark and examination mark in provincially examinable courses; provincially examinable courses taken per student; graduation rate, and a composite dropout rate.
Until World War I, German was a popular subject of study in the Ontario high schools, even though it was an optional, not examinable subject.
OSEC is founded on the notion that product evaluation criteria should be openly examinable, subject to critique and amendment, vendor and end-user input, and ultimately, become the product of community peer review.
CPA multiple-choice exam questions and detailed solutions covering all of the auditing and financial accounting topics examinable on the 2002 IQEX exam.
This includes analysis of the T171 web-based examinable component for 1999, together with evaluation work from the first presentation year described in Mason and Weller (2000), and a study of course materials and assessment on B823.
However, its internal workings should be examinable from outside by a user interface.
simple consumer credo: The Government, third-party payers, and the people want quantifiable, accountable, examinable proof of quality in health care delivery.
OSEC is founded on the notion that security product evaluation criteria should be openly examinable, subject to critique and amendment, vendor and end-user input, and ultimately, become the product of community peer review.
In addition, big-data analysis and its application can have far-reaching effects upon investment choices, the understanding of risk management and the strategic decision-making process, which means that big data is just as examinable in an integrated case study.
This makes it necessary to consider boys' and girls' overall performance in creative writing and in specific examinable skills.
1 Cranch) at 165 ("If some [executive] acts be examinable, and others not, there must be some rule of law to guide the court in the exercise of its jurisdiction.
Veronica De Klerk, executive director of Woman Action for Development (WAD), this week called on the Ministry of Education to make life skills an examinable subject.
every where, but they are examinable," said Lord Mansfield,