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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.

examine (one) for (something)

To look closely at someone or something in search of something in particular. Please examine the patient in bed one for signs of infection.
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examine (one) in (something)

To test one on their knowledge in a particular subject or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "examine" and "in." The department head will examine you in all literature from the Restoration through the Victorian age.
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examine (one) on (something)

To test one on their knowledge in a particular subject or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "examine" and "on." The department head will examine you on all literature from the Restoration through the Victorian age.
See also: examine, on

get (one's) head examined

What one is said to need to do if one does, says, or believes something that seems completely crazy, delusional, or stupid. You need to get your head examined if you don't think giant corporations are in control of our legislators! You spent $400 on a T-shirt? You need to get your head examined.
See also: examine, get, head

have (one's) head examined

What one is said to need to do if one does, says, or believes something that seems completely crazy, delusional, or stupid. You need to have your head examined if you don't think giant corporations are in control of our legislators! You spent $400 on a T-shirt? You need to have your head examined.
See also: examine, have, head

need (one's) head examined

To do, say, or believe something that seems completely crazy, delusional, or stupid. You need your head examined if you don't think giant corporations are in control of our legislators! You spent $400 on a T-shirt? You need your head examined.
See also: examine, head, need

want (one's) head examined

To be, do, say, or believe something that seems completely crazy, delusional, or stupid. You want your head examined if you don't think giant corporations are in control of our legislators! You spent $400 on a T-shirt? You want your head examined.
See also: examine, head, want
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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.

examine someone in something

to give someone an examination in a particular subject or covering certain material. The committee examined her in her knowledge of history. I was examined in math.
See also: examine

examine someone on something

to give someone an examination covering certain material. I will have to examine you on this chapter myself. The teacher examined Larry on his understanding of phonetics.
See also: examine, on

examine someone or something for something

to inspect someone or something for the presence of something. I examined the child for signs of abuse. You had better examine this dog for ticks. Don't forget to examine yourself for ticks after you return from the hike.
See also: examine, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get one's head examined

Also, have one's head examined. One is crazy or absolutely wrong. For example, You like this food? Go get your head examined, or If you believe that story, you should have your head examined. This hyperbolic and usually jocular expression of disagreement may, thought Eric Partridge, allude to the now discredited field of phrenology, which holds that the configurations of the skull reveal mental and emotional characteristics. [Early 1900s]
See also: examine, get, head
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

need your head examined

be foolishly irresponsible.
The implication here is that the examination will reveal proof of insanity.
1992 Patrick McCabe The Butcher Boy Any man thinks this work is easy needs his head examined—you want to be tough to work here!
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need, want, etc. your ˈhead examined

(informal) used for saying that somebody is behaving in a crazy or stupid way: She spent $300 on a pair of shoes? She needs her head examined.
See also: examine, head
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