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cross-examine

verb [T] uk   /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 truth
cross-examination
noun [C usually singular, U] uk   /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˌzæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkrɑːs-/
Under cross-examination, the witness admitted her evidence had been mostly lies.
cross-examiner
noun [C] uk   /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nər/  us   /ˌkrɑː.sɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nɚ/
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