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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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"Just put that down and go," replied Secondborn, crossly. "My room isn't the worst." There were mutterings about only OCD students having tidy rooms.
"Some woman in quite as much pain as I am and no bidet." The servant retorted crossly: "They're used to it." On which Mitford reflected: "Whether the pain or the bidetlessness I couldn't make out."
The last double spread shows three large animal portraits with owl, fox and snake looking crossly out of the page, astonished at their own gullibility.
The complainant had purportedly alleged that he had been sent without a contract being signed which the Petitioner Kumari denies as crossly inaccurate.
"I am fed up with people telling me it's impossible to manufacture anything in the UK," says Theo, crossly, although why he's shouting at us I have no idea.
These groups crossly ignore the widespread changes that have been introduced into Muslim societies today.
In 1978, when her husband (by then an urban planner on the Faculty of the University) was appointed Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, Jo-Marie was awarded a Harry Crossly bursary and applied, as private scholar, for a similar position at Princeton, in order to research innovations in Latin teaching in the USA.
Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis (CF) [2] has evolved following the report in 1979 by Crossly et al.
Perhaps, when he was a little boy, his father had muttered crossly about finding the lire for another pair of football boots, or his mother cursed another set of muddy kit to wash and dry before the morning.
She can call especial attention to Native/black relations, insisting that they provide a different perspective on the black past and a way of cross-thinking and crossly thinking about the dominant white/black paradigm of race.