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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.