Cross as two sticks

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cross as two sticks particularly perverse and disagreeable
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Usage

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
Marcia, cross as two sticks because she was only there to talk to Macartney herself, had Paulette's seat by the fire.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
If the house is a two-tree house, run your cross-sill sticks from trunk to trunk, as in Fig.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
I must not make her as cross as two sticks by keeping her fuming at my delay, so good-day, Mistress Lucy.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
Salt the maw again for a week or two, and dry it stretched on cross sticks, and it will be nearly as strong as before.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Gardener jumped over the stile, as cross as two sticks, with an old rope in his hand.
"The Adventures of A Brownie" by Miss Mulock
He's as cross as two sticks, and as savage as a bear with a sore head.
"Sharing Her Crime" by May Agnes Fleming
He will be just as cross as two sticks.
"Little Susy's Little Servants" by E. Prentiss
He prepared a kite by fastening two cross sticks to a silk handkerchief, which would not suffer from the rain so much as paper.
"The Life of Benjamin Franklin" by Samuel G. Goodrich
Jelf's as cross over it as two sticks.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
And he was as cross as two sticks.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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