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CROSS. contracts. A mark made by persons who are unable to write, instead of their names.
     2. When properly attested, and proved to have been made by the party whose name is written with the mark, it is generally admitted as evidence of the party's signature.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development, DOT and the Environmental Protection Agency already have combined efforts, working together on grants and seeking ways to minimize federal programs for local governments that work at cross-purposes. In the next few weeks, the Departments of Energy and Agriculture are expected to officially join forces with this initiative.
Deriding the DPJ's stated plan to ban donations from companies and other organizations, Aso said, ''If the party blames the system for its violations of the law, it's just switching the focus of the argument.'' The two leaders' debate on the matter was conducted at cross-purposes.
BAHRAIN's health system lacks clear direction and is "working at cross-purposes", a top doctor told a major conference yesterday.
But these efforts are doomed to fail because they are working at cross-purposes with other activities supported by Gonzales and Villaraigosa--dismantling our southern border.
This is a case wherein company and customer are working at cross-purposes. Yet, this need not be.
Welcome to an enchanted medieval world in which too many "readers" and "writers" make for unpredictable twists and turns, and visitors struggle to set things right, sometimes at cross-purposes. The novel has a huge cast of memorable characters, old and new, with a vast array of powers.