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 Cross Buns.Cross-legged Knights 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cross-grained.
 
Patchy, ill-tempered, self-willed. Wood must be worked with the grain; when the grain crosses we get a knot or curling, which is hard to work uniform.   1
 


 Cross Buns.Cross-legged Knights 

 
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