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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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Calm voice, look 'em in the eye and use firm tone of crossness.
None of the candidates Scheffler examined had Dravidian as opposed to Iroquois crossness and neither did they have a consistent pattern of Dravidian prescriptiveness.
Vendlova manages to deftly balance Lucka's crossness with an ultimately touching vulnerability, and Vesela's Marie is both sweetly innocent and palpably sexy.
Yet when his own son is arrested he says he felt "a bit of crossness.
simulation' involves, in some way, the thought of crossness.
The improvement work, at the plants in Beckton in north London, Crossness in south London and Mogden in west London, will require an investment of some 550m, spread over nine years.
This last phrase is usually accompanied by me vigorously cleaning the kitchen worktop to expend some of my crossness.
East of London lies the Crossness sewage pumping station, a key element in Sir Joseph Bazalgette's London main sewage system and a temple of grand Victorian engineering.
When she sees your face cloud over with crossness mixed with I-told-you-sos, she adds, "Mammy, I like freezing.