Cross as two sticks


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cross as two sticks particularly perverse and disagreeable
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In literature:

We're all alone, and Judy is as cross as two sticks.
"House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton
He's allus as cross as two sticks, anyway.
"Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp" by Annie Roe Carr
But Edy got as cross as two sticks about him getting his own way like that from everyone always petting him.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
They didn't do five dollars worth of business at the store all day yesterday, and he's as cross as two sticks.
"The Imperialist" by (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
The mule story hadn't done him one bit of good, and I went to bed as cross as two sticks.
"Over Paradise Ridge" by Maria Thompson Daviess
The center cross stick was provided with two corner pieces, as shown in Fig.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
He's taking a sun-bath and looking as cross as two sticks.
"The Adventures of Paddy Beaver" by Thornton W. Burgess
You look fagged to death, and as cross as two sticks.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
You're as cross as two sticks.
"The New Forest Spy" by George Manville Fenn
Well, I suppose she was cross as two sticks because he didn't come, wasn't she, Polly?
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney