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cross (one) (up)

To defy, challenge, or frustrate one. Don't cross that guy if you want a job in publishing—he's a celebrated editor. Stephen has crossed me up so many times I just can't trust him anymore.
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cross someone

to oppose someone. You best not cross Jim. He has a very bad temper. This is the last time you cross me, you hear?
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She looked at me crossly, her lips pursing as she did whenever one of us said something rude.
``I thought you'd be pleased,''I told her crossly. I found comfort in copious amounts of buttered toast.
She looked up at him crossly, half expecting to see his jaw set in defiance, but saw that he had indeed regained his equilibrium.
I put her diaper back on for the tenth time, and as I put her in her First Communion dress, I muttered crossly to God that if "all things work together for the good of those who love him," I hoped he had a plan for this little circumstance.
'No,' Lord Archer replies a little crossly. 'It is far more sophisticated than that.
She may begin to yell, speak angrily, and shake her finger, drumstick, or iron dagger crossly at the patient, demanding that the bad spirit talk.
The audience was bewildered as I shouted to the prompt corner, rather crossly, 'Drop the curtain.
"I should have known." His brows furrowed crossly when he saw all the deer standing in a group, laughing and carrying on.
An Egyptian perfumer, Anwar, based at the Canada Dry Palace shop on Sphinx Street, right in the shadow of the Pyramids, said crossly that French research chemists took his oils back to Grasse, the heart of the French perfume industry.
`He's been talking that way for years', said Stella, crossly. `Who was always here for the children when they needed a hanky for their tears?
"Why do you visit so many flowers?" he said crossly to one of the other bees.
Not until it drove him back did the young crane turn away and, in no great hurry, stalk away across the plain, crossly shuffling its new feathers, shaking the bright green ring around its leg.
.in our country, you'd generally get to somewhere else if you ran very fast for a long time as we've been doing." The Red Queen exclaims crossly, "A slow sort of country.
a Fall into a nice, dribbly sleep on the sofa in front of the telly so the people on the programme feature floatily in your dream, then wake up dramatically when someone turns it off at midnight and say crossly, 'HEY I WAS WATCHING THAT!'
A visibly angry chief minister asked an official of the hotel where the talks were being held as to who had permitted the media inside the hall, and then crossly told the media persons, "Get out."