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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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Contrary to common belief there are reliable reports of Dravidian-type kinship systems with prescriptive equations, Dravidian crossness and cross-cousin marriage in Papuan societies in Melanesia.
He can't, for example, contain his crossness about people who send him postcards from their holidays.
This last phrase is usually accompanied by me vigorously cleaning the kitchen worktop to expend some of my crossness.
She says, "Mammy, I'm freezing." When she sees your face cloud over with crossness mixed with I-told-you-sos, she adds, "Mammy, I like freezing."
And, the more I try persuading George that it was "Mummy's little mistake" and he can do it next time, his breathless cries and pure and utter crossness convince me I might be losing this battle.
His results this year have been a lot better than the expression on his face - usually a combination of unhappiness, crossness, aggrievedness (if there is such a word), all tending towards a rather childish sulk.
Her study of 153 people revealed that while men and women showed the same levels of crossness aged 18 to 25, their reactions diverged greatly as they aged.