Definition of cross-examine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkrɒsɪɡˈzamɪn/


[with object]
1Question (a witness called by the other party) in a court of law to challenge or extend testimony already given: he would decline to cross-examine the prosecution witness Compare with examination-in-chief.
More example sentences
  • Her counsel also suggests, in cross-examining a prosecution eye witness, Gary, that he had been high on heroin on the night of the alleged murder and that his account of events was not therefore reliable.
  • The prosecution even declined to cross-examine the last defense witness.
  • This ruling should also be clear that I am not precluding the defence from cross-examining the third party on this issue.
1.1Question (someone) aggressively or in great detail: I was cross-examined over the breakfast table
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  • Employing all the legalistic tricks of her trade, she probed and cross-examined me at breakfast and each evening.
  • The officer was cross-examined as to the detail of the conversation and conceded that the record in his notebook was far from full.
  • At times, it sounds like she is cross-examining him, although sometimes she is acknowledging she does have some fears about his alibis.
put questions to, ask questions of
informal grill, pump, give the third degree to, put through the third degree, put through the wringer, put through the mangle, put the screws on



Example sentences
  • He emerges as a devastating cross-examiner ruthlessly unmasking for history the feebleness of the whole enterprise.
  • Like the skilled courtroom cross-examiner, he realizes that the question is often more important than the answer.
  • The cross-examiner's question related to the 12-month period prior to the trial.

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