Was there ever such a cross-grained brute, that won't hear me?
I can't believe any one was ever born with such a cross-grained temper.
At the first verse that cross-grained spinster, with real likes and dislikes, put a bony hand quietly before her eyes.
See what the Grammonts would have been now, but for this cross-grained fellow!
His mother was a curious, cross-grained old woman, not yet a Christian.
He is peevish and cross-grained, poor man, since he came here.
"cross-grained old harridan," he said out loud to his nephew.
Confusion, vexation and every cross-grained word in the language!
The tough, cross-grained fibre of him seemed proof against alcohol.
This fellow was not only cross-grained, but absolutely malignant.