crossly crossly


  • (adv) in an ill-natured manner



  1. War Manpower Commission retorted that manufacturers had made no requests for manpower, crossly added that they probably would not get it if they did.
  2. The business at hand, they crossly supposed, was a coal contract.


  • Speaking of cross-examination, for example, Mortimer notes a precept of his father's that it can be done politely and without hostility "the art of cross-examination is not the art of examining crossly".
    on Jan 16, 2009 By: John Mortimer Source: Times Online

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