cross (one's) bows

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cross (one's) bows

To annoy or irritate. Boy, you are really crossing my bows today. Why can't you just do what I ask without arguing about it?
See also: bow, cross
References in classic literature ?
Then they darted around her bow and began the row down her port side, and we tacked about, crossed her bow, and went plunging down the wind hot after them.
Able Seaman Norris Blakeborough, of Linthwaite, was on HMS Largs, a former French merchant vessel, narrowly missed by a torpedo, which crossed her bows, missing by feet.