We took a ferry across the river.
We saw them walking across the street.
She reached across the table to shake his hand.
They traveled back and forth across the border.
Airplanes flew across the sky above us.
He was seated across the table from me.
The accident happened just across the state line.
A smile spread across her face.
Looking out across the ocean, he saw land.
The sun's light spread across the mountains. Adverb
The streams are small enough to jump across.
They walked across to the other side of the street.
They reached across and shook each other's hand.
At its widest point, the pond measures 150 feet across.
I saw them crossing the street and I waited until they were safely across. See More
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From former Housewives including Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan, to Shanna Moakler and Jordyn Woods, stars from across industries have dabbled on the adult-only site.—Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2023 This is a hairstyle that was actually made for thinner, straight hair like Hailey’s, as the even-across cut keeps the hair from looking thinner and the straight hair looks sleek and simple.—Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 In some models, the center console can be flipped back to create a jump seat between the driver and passenger, similar to a three-across bench in some full-size pickup trucks.—Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 20 Jan. 2023 Most wooden stools are deemed uncomfortable due to their flat seat and straight-across backrest, but this stool puts comfort first with a slight curve in the seat and backrest.—Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Jan. 2023 Since the early days of the shale revolution more than a decade ago, fracking operators have relied on mined sand that’s delivered to their sites by truck - across distances as long as 100 miles.—Dallas News, 10 July 2022 According to astronomers who captured this image, the comet's tail was several times longer at this point than Earth is across.—Erika K. Carlson, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2019 This is the kind of self-deprecation Stokes is notorious for — a defining feature, as much or more so than her slick, straight-across bangs that evoke Reality Bites-era Janeane Garofalo.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2022 The narrative quickly shatters, moving backwards and forwards across generations—spanning multiple family tragedies, all involving the fjord and the house that Signe still lives in.—Alex Shephard, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2022 See More
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Middle English a-croiz, a-cros "in the shape of a cross, in a crossed position, from one side to another," borrowed from Anglo-French en croiz (from en "in, on"—going back to Latin in— + croiz "cross," going back to Latin cruc-, crux) with assimilation of Anglo-French croiz to croscross entry 1 and en to a-a- entry 1 — more at in entry 1