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cross-examine (someone)

1. In law, to question a witness or suspect after the opposing side has already done so, as to undermine or clarify their testimony. I have doubts that that witness is telling the truth, and I'll expose it when I cross-examine him.
2. By extension, to question someone thoroughly. Geez Mom, why are you cross-examining me? I told you the truth—I was at Kelly's house all night.

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.
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Former treasurer MP Pandove, who appeared for cross-examination today, claimed that it was Srinivasan's decision to not seek the RBI approval.
On Thursday, Advocate Haris pointed out to the accountability judge that the prosecutor was continuously obstructing in the cross-examination.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa, thereafter, adjourned until March 29 for ruling and continuation of cross-examination.
The Accountability Court recorded the evidence of the Radley and Akhtar Riaz Raja on whom the cross-examination was also completed at 10:30 pm in the night.
As to the right to cross-examination, Deinla said only the Chief Justice has the prerogative to choose how to exercise such right-in person or through counsel of her choice.
BEIRUT: Prosecution analyst Andrew Donaldson took to the witness stand at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon once again Monday, under cross-examination by Emile Aoun, lead defense counsel for defendant Salim Ayyash.
Wellman's book has been my bible of sorts on cross-examination since I first read it in the 1970s," said Dodd.
A CPS spokesperson said: "On a close examination of developments in the evidence following the cross-examination of the principal witness during the trial, the view was taken that the prosecution could not proceed.
The FO informed the court about the availability of Mark Siegel, an American Journalist, through video link for cross-examination in the first week of November.
The evidence of child or vulnerable complainants has been recorded on video to be played as their evidence in chief at trial for several years and Leeds Crown Court is currently one of the centres piloting a new system where the cross-examination is also done and videod in advance of a trial.
Earlier, on May 16, the said NADRA officials appeared before the court on being summoned but their cross-examination was deferred after counsel of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan submitted that NA-122 forensic report had come but PP-147 forensic report was still awaited.
Preparation is key to surviving even the most carefully crafted cross-examination.
Crown Courts in Leeds, Liverpool and Kingstonupon-Thames - are testing pre-trial cross-examination.
Suggestions are offered on lawyer demeanor during cross-examination and the manner in which emerging information should be handled in order to maximize its potential for admissibility at trial.