1. [19C] constr. with the, anything deceitful or dishonest.
2. [19C+] (also crossing) a trick, a deception; also attrib.
3. [mid-19C] in sports, e.g. boxing, the deliberate losing of a fight, a race etc, on payment of a bribe.
4. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) the underworld.
5. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) an unfortunate experience.
6. [1910s] an informer.
7. [1950s+] constr. with a/the, a double-cross.
[early 19C] (Aus. Und.) criminality.
[late 19C] (UK Und.) to discover that someone is cheating, usu. by using cunning or deception oneself.
[mid-19C] (Und.) to retire from crime, to ‘go straight’.
to work as a criminal.
[1950s–60s] (US black) in trouble, at a disadvantage; usu. in the phr. put in a cross, to put into a difficult situation.
1. surreptitiously, illegally.
2. working as a professional criminal.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to cheat.
[1950s+] to double-cross.
1. [late 19C–1945s] to double-cross, to cheat.
2. [1930s] to mark for death [a cross placed, lit. or fig., against the victim’s name].
[late 19C] to give up thieving.