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  • 1Verify (figures or information) by using an alternative source or method: always try to cross-check your bearings (as noun cross-checking) no cross-checking has been done
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    • Reporters too seldom attempt to cross-check official information with sources on the street.
    • All information would be held on a central National Identity Register, so that police and other officials could cross-check information held on each card.
    • They suggest that more work is needed to cross-check the information they obtained from the study.
  • 2 Ice Hockey Obstruct (an opponent) illegally with the stick held horizontally in both hands.
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    • He cross-checks everybody but he doesn't play the way Foote plays.
    • They cross-check him or knock him down just to get rid of him and end up taking a penalty.
    • He is fervent in his belief that if the officials do their part by consistently applying the rule book on hooking, holding, slashing and cross-checking, the game is better for it.


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  • An instance of cross-checking figures or information: as a cross-check they were also asked to give their date of birth
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    • It recommends that such cross-checks be conducted by privately-run entities employing registered auditors.
    • The animal's DNA is stored and random cross-checks are carried out with meat form the supermarket counter.
    • Together with regular reviews and inspections, this provides an intricate system of checks and cross-checks which, taken together, provide a robust security net.

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