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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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Even before the San Francisquito Canyon fire broke out on June 5, forest officials were examining what to do about the earlier Bouquet Canyon fire, which blackened almost 5,000 acres.
International research examining the prevalence and incidence of low back pain seems to indicate that there are very strong cultural factors involved in the identification, treatment and residual disability associated with low back pain (Mayer & Gatchel, 1988).
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Moya moves next to a microhistoric analysis, examining specific towns, villages, and kinship networks in order to show why Spaniards left certain areas but not others, why they chose certain destinations, how social background and position within the family influenced the descision to leave, and so on.
Sheriff's deputies said Daniel, a Woodland Hills resident who had worked since 1994 on contract with the Lancaster hospital to provide emergency room services, at first said she did not feel comfortable examining the victim and would not perform the rape test procedure requested by deputies.
In "Red, White, and Black: Indian Captivities, Colonial Printers, and the Early African-American Narrative," John Sekora seeks to understand how black writing began in America by examining the circumstances surrounding the publication of the Narrative of the Uncommon Suffering & Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon (1760), the earliest slave narrative.
This observation was confirmed by examining fifty referrals received from state vocational rehabilitation agencies by the Life Development Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
Keynote is the leading provider of customer experience research services, offering both competitive intelligence and custom research examining consumer attitudes and behavior on the Web.
In spite of these weaknesses, Marriage Contracts provides useful individual discussions of the chosen texts and challenges scholars to take on the problem of examining important cultural practices on literary expression over time.
Chapter One analyzes cultural performance and its social challenges, examining performance studies and contemporary theories of the theater.
In examining the relationship between gender and grade point averages, it became apparent that the distribution of grades tended to favor females over males.
We began by examining analog selectivity for induction of c-fos luciferase by ATP using P2 agonists and antagonists of differing selectivity.
In every chapter - each of which could stand as a book in itself - Hufton has done thorough research by examining a wide scale of sources in several languages, and has revealed how versatile she is in the terrain of women's history (the bibliography alone is a gold mine).
Moreover, the questions raised by this kind of discussion of influence and quality are not articulated in the text, so that, in the chapter "Dialect and Narrative: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God," Jones poses contradictions without examining them.
The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) today released two issue briefs examining access to physician services by some of the state's most vulnerable populations: Medi-Cal and Health Families beneficiaries, and people who have no health insurance.