[Phrases] No Cross, No Crown

It’s time for [Phrases] today!!

We usually use the phrase “No cross, no crown” to express the meaning of “If you don’t take pains you won’t achieve anything”.

Also, when the word ”cross” is used in some phrases, it has different meanings. So today I will introduce some phrases that include ”cross”, and I hope it will help you understand this word better!

Let’s go!


1. cross as two sticks

It means angry or irritated.

I’d stay away from Bill if I were you—he’s cross as two sticks today.

I was in a good mood when I woke up this morning, but now I feel cross as two sticks after getting stuck in traffic.

2. at cross purposes

We use “at cross purposes” to express in conflict with or in opposition to.

I think we’re talking at cross purposes; that’s not what I meant at all.

Tom’s parents acted at cross purposes in advising him.

3. cross one’s fingers

to hope very much that something will happen

If you’ve made a mistake, don’t cross your fingers and hope no one will notice, because someone is going to — it’s inevitable.


4. have a cross to bear

To have a difficult responsibility or burden that must be handled on one’s own.

We all have a cross to bear; it could be a heavy load.

When Nancy’s husband passed away, she had a heavy cross to bear—raising four children on her own.

5. cross someone up

To defy, challenge, or frustrate one.

Don’t cross that guy if you want a job in publishing—he’s a celebrated editor.

Stephen has crossed me up so many times I just can’t trust him anymore.

That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases that you like! That will help you to remember them.

Don’t forget to leave your comments below.

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  • Always I get up every morning on my the bad feel at across for lost traffic

  • Lets cross our fingers for him to sign the agreement easly.

    Its a heavy Cross to bear situation that i want to get over with.

    I tried to explain why is necessary but he acts at cross purposes.

    I kind a dread to cross him sometimes.

  • I reckon someone is crossed me up so many times and now I dont wanna live with that person anymore 😞

  • I want to cross someone up through my study .
    I cross my fingers fir clearing my exam ..

  • Rất tuyệt vời và hữu ích.mình đang tìm hiểu cách học

  • There would be misunderstanding among friends, don’t cross your fingers , because if U don’t take pains you will not achieve anything!!!!

  • There would be misunderstanding among friends let’s cross our fingers for heals if U don’t take pains you won’t achieve anything!!!!

  • Yesterday my best friend woke me up early in the morning, and I was cross as two sticks the whole way, actually in every single topic I was at cross purpose of everyone, I crossed my fingers for turning my day over, I thought! today this is my cross to bear, I wanted anyone else cross me up!

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