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Crisscross   Listen
adverb
Crisscross  adv.  
1.
In opposite directions; in a way to cross something else; crossing one another at various angles and in various ways. "Logs and tree luing crisscross in utter confusion."
2.
With opposition or hindrance; at cross purposes; contrarily; as, things go crisscross.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Crisscross" Quotes from Famous Books



... crisscross pattern of small leaves Espalier, in a fading summer air, And there Ophelia walks, an azure flower, Whom wind, and snowflakes, and the sudden rain Of love's wild skies have purified to heaven. There is a beauty past all weeping ...
— Collected Poems 1901-1918 in Two Volumes - Volume I. • Walter de la Mare

... shattered the darkness and drove the mercenaries back pellmell, bellowing with terror. A few of the English and Canadian troops pressed forward, only to find that they could not reach within ladder distance of the walls at all, for spiked trees had been placed above the trenches in a perfect crisscross hurdle of sharpened ends. In old letters of the period one reads how the trenches were literally heaped with a jumbled mass of the dead. The other attacking columns fared almost as badly. One of the bastions had been entered by the cannon embrasures, Drummond, Junior, shouting to ...
— Canada: the Empire of the North - Being the Romantic Story of the New Dominion's Growth from Colony to Kingdom • Agnes C. Laut

... only regained his peace of mind when he had twisted his fat fingers in the lad's forelock to make sure that it was still fast. Schonholz had passed a year at Heidelberg and carried his diploma on his cheek—two crisscross slashes that had never healed—spoke battered English, wore a green flat-topped cap, and gray bobtailed coat with two rows of horn buttons ("Come to shoot chamois, have you?" Marny had asked when he presented his credentials.)—laughed three-quarters of the time ...
— The Veiled Lady - and Other Men and Women • F. Hopkinson Smith

... tobogganing, water polo; knurr and spell^. [childrens' games] leapfrog, hop skip and jump; mother may I; French and English, tug of war; blindman's bluff, hunt the slopper^, hide and seek, kiss in the ring; snapdragon; cross questions and crooked answers.; crisscross, hopscotch; jacks, jackstones^, marbles; mumblety-peg, mumble-the-peg, pushball, shinney, shinny, tag &c; billiards, pool, pingpong, pyramids, bagatelle; bowls, skittles, ninepins, kain^, American bowls^; tenpins [U.S.], tivoli. cards, card games; whist, rubber; ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... crisscross shadows on the floor, cast there by the iron bars at the windows. Her child lay asleep in an institutional garb of charity. The father of that child, ignorant of its very existence, was at that moment, and at a distance of one thousand miles, ...
— Star-Dust • Fannie Hurst

... of us lay no shady, amiably crooked country roads and bosky dells, wherein one might lounge and dawdle over Hazlitt, yet we knew how crisscross cattle-trails should take us skirting down the river's sixteen miles ...
— The River and I • John G. Neihardt



Words linked to "Crisscross" :   cross, cut across, cut through, get over, get across, cover, mark, pass over, marking, track, reticulate



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