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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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The cross-examiner will decline and suggest that "your attorney" will have the opportunity to question you again, if appropriate, on redirect examination.
Under MRE 608(b), a cross-examiner can ask a witness about specific instances of conduct that are themselves probative of truthfulness or untruthfulness.
Muirhead is intelligent, diligent and a ferocious cross-examiner who has a knack of winning cases against all the odds.
If the witness happens to be a woman, and at the close of her testimony in-chief it seems that she will be more than a match for the cross-examiner, it often works like a charm on the jury to practice upon her what maybe styled the silent cross-examination.
But talking points are easily cut to ribbons by an adroit cross-examiner and the result, very often, is truth laid bare in all its potential ugliness.
Gapasin's reputation as a relentless cross-examiner began during his career in Las Vegas.
We see how a great cross-examiner will acquire a vast mental storehouse of seemingly insignificant knowledge and bring it to bear during cross.
He was a robust and accomplished cross-examiner and physically a striking figure, " said Mr Steer, who added he was also fair but firm, kind, generous and good-humoured.
Leading barrister Anthony Scrivener QC called him "simply the best cross-examiner in the business".
With careful planning before trial, in consultation with his or her own expert, the cross-examiner can effectively use the opposition for his or her own case.
Even my favorite and best cross-examiner, American lawyer Rufus Choate, would find it ridiculous and say, 'Hey, you'll torture and beat yourself before you commit suicide?
Nicholas Starks St Ives Chambers 'He is a ferocious cross-examiner and achieves outstanding results.
As the questioner in a deposition or a cross-examiner at trial, you control the topic.
Her understanding of the weakness inherent in the human condition makes her a topnotch cross-examiner.