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to cross a check
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cross \Cross\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crossed (kr[o^]st; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. Crossing.] 1. To put across or athwart; to cause to intersect; as, to cross the arms. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay or draw something, as a line, across; as, to cross the letter t. [1913 Webster] 3. To pass from one side to the other of; to pass or move over; to traverse; as, to cross a stream. [1913 Webster] A hunted hare . . . crosses and confounds her former track. -- I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 4. To pass, as objects going in an opposite direction at the same time. "Your kind letter crossed mine." --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster] 5. To run counter to; to thwart; to obstruct; to hinder; to clash or interfere with. [1913 Webster] In each thing give him way; cross him in nothing. --Shak. [1913 Webster] An oyster may be crossed in love. -- Sheridan. [1913 Webster] 6. To interfere and cut off; to debar. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To cross me from the golden time I look for. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. To make the sign of the cross upon; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, he crossed himself. [1913 Webster] 8. To cancel by marking crosses on or over, or drawing a line across; to erase; -- usually with out, off, or over; as, to cross out a name. [1913 Webster] 9. To cause to interbreed; -- said of different stocks or races; to mix the breed of. [1913 Webster] To cross a check (Eng. Banking), to draw two parallel transverse lines across the face of a check, with or without adding between them the words "and company", with or without the words "not negotiable", or to draw the transverse lines simply, with or without the words "not negotiable" (the check in any of these cases being crossed generally). Also, to write or print across the face of a check the name of a banker, with or without the words "not negotiable" (the check being then crossed specially). A check crossed generally is payable only when presented through a bank; one crossed specially, only when presented through the bank mentioned. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] To cross one's path, to oppose one's plans. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]