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1. To deceive or swindle someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cross" and "up." Don't cross up that guy if you want a job in publishing—he's a celebrated editor.
2. To confuse or mix up one or more things. I must have crossed up the files—this paperwork doesn't belong in here.
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cross someone up

to give someone trouble; to defy or betray someone; to spoil someone's plans. (Also without up.) You really crossed up Bill when you told Tom what he said. Please don't cross me up again.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cross up

1. Betray, double-cross, cheat, as in Jack crossed up his buddies and told the police they had broken in. Originally this usage often was put simply as to cross. [Early 1800s]
2. Confuse, muddle, as in We all planned to meet at the restaurant but several of us got crossed up as to time and place .
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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.

cross up

1. To confuse someone by acting in a way that is contrary to what is expected: The pitcher threw a wild pitch that crossed up the catcher and allowed the runner to steal a base. The quarterback crossed us up with a fake handoff.
2. To cause some bicycle or motor vehicle to turn about the vertical axis so that it is no longer oriented in the direction that it is moving, often resulting in an abrupt stop. Used chiefly in the passive: On the last jump, my motorcycle became crossed up in the air, and I landed sideways.
3. To turn about the vertical axis so that one is no longer oriented in the direction that one is moving, often resulting in an abrupt stop: The car crossed up in the last turn, and the other car rammed into the side of it.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cross someone (up)

and cross up someone
tv. to go against someone; to thwart someone. Don’t cross me up if you know what’s good for you.
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cross up someone

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In both cases, we must leave out of the question those kinds which have been able to cross the barrier, whether of solid rock or salt-water.
We had to cross a long and most sterile traversia of fifteen leagues.
On the evening of the succeeding day, we reached the Rio de las Vacas, which is considered the worst stream in the Cordillera to cross. As all these rivers have a rapid and short course, and are formed by the melting of the snow, the hour of the day makes a considerable difference in their volume.
The arriero tells you to show your mule the best line, and then allow her to cross as she likes: the cargo-mule takes a bad line, and is often lost.
That summer--the summer Cheri gave La Folle two black curls tied with a knot of red ribbon--the water ran so low in the bayou that even the little children at Bellissime were able to cross it on foot, and the cattle were sent to pasture down by the river.
And I have gone there, and come back; and now you may go there, for no longer is it high treason, punishable by disgrace or death, to cross 30d or 175d.
To cross thirty or one hundred seventy-five has been, as you know, the direst calamity that could befall a naval commander.
The crew had known almost as soon as I that we were doomed to cross thirty, and I am inclined to believe that every man jack of them was tickled to death, for the spirits of adventure and romance still live in the hearts of men of the twenty-second century, even though there be little for them to feed upon between thirty and one hundred seventy-five.
"Yes, please do," answered the general, and he repeated the order that had already once been given in detail: "and tell the hussars that they are to cross last and to fire the bridge as I ordered; and the inflammable material on the bridge must be reinspected."
They had just started to cross this queer bridge when a sharp growl made them all look up, and to their horror they saw running toward them two great beasts with bodies like bears and heads like tigers.
Without stopping an instant the fierce beasts also began to cross the tree.
But just as they were congratulating themselves upon the progress they had made they came upon a broad river which swept along between high banks, and here the road ended and there was no bridge of any sort to allow them to cross.
He was smiling in anticipation of the almost certain success of his stratagem--sooner or later the girl would come back and attempt to cross the river in one of their canoes.
There was a smile on her lips as she dropped to the ground to cross a little clearing where once had stood a native village surrounded by its fields.
Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook.