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cross-examine

verb [T]     /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪn/ US  /ˌkrɑːs-/ (also cross-question)
to ask detailed questions of someone, especially a witness in a trial, in order to discover if they have been telling the truthQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning cross-examination     /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˌzæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkrɑːs-/ noun [C usually singular, U] Under cross-examination, the witness admitted her evidence had been mostly lies.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning cross-examiner     /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nər/ US  /ˌkrɑː.sɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nɚ/ noun [C] Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
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