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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.
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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.
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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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Shaping equipment will be examined during the course, including heads Online, crosshead, coextrusion, breaker plates and screen changers) and dies (types and design criteria, flow, drawdown, sheet dies, profile dies, design computations, die relief strategies and finite element simulation).
The second picture, representing Diana killing Chione, is examined more succinctly; Walter questions the unusual posture of Diana: couldn't it simply be an attempt to combine the goddess of the Moon with the elegant form of a crescent, the horns of which are visible underneath her thighs?
These records are then examined in an effort to surface evidence.
Several studies have examined profiling characteristics that may be used to characterize students most at risk of committing acts of violence and have identified a number of risk factors associated with violence in schools.
The study, to be published today, analyzed 72 past studies that had examined the link between various cancers and the consumption of tomatoes and tomato-based products.
1991), retrospectively examined the myelograms of 433 patients with herniated thoracic discs in order to determine the relationship between morphological features on the myelograms and actual physical symptoms.
Thus, to fully evaluate the VR program additional outcome measures need to be examined.
Other vocal disorders examined include sulcus vocalis, muscle tension dysphonia and paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction.
The MBI has been used in a wide variety of studies that examined burnout in general education, but few focused on special education (Byrne, 1994; Jackson, Schwab, & Schuler, 1986).
The texts examined in this book emphasize their postmodern proclivities and struggle to resist the "tenacious hold of the liberal humanist notion of self on Western notions of subjectivity.
Alford amply demonstrates that we do, because where earlier scholars examined bureaucratic structures and saw years of instability and factional strife, he studied how politics actually worked and discovered a surprising degree of continuity and stability.
In contrast, because of practical and ethical considerations, most human clinical studies had examined effects in small groups of healthy individuals of intermediate ages.
Reasons for using surface modifiers will be examined, including improved filler production, mechanical protection of filler of fiber during storage and handling, protection of filler from chemical attack and moisture pick-up during storage, changed powder flow properties, faster incorporation and dispersion, changed mechanical and electrical properties, either initially or better retention in use, reduced water adsorption and swelling in humid conditions, improved aesthetics, fire retardancy and cost.
In another study involving an international population, Bandura, Barbaranelli, Caprara, and Pastorelli examined the sociocognitive origins of Italian children's emerging beliefs about their occupational efficacies and career aspirations.
They examined low-Si hypoeutectic gray irons that were overinoculated by the addition of 2.