We can say someone is mad/angry/annoyed over something. Can we use the same structure for the adjective "cross"?

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    Yes, probably, but it’s usually “cross about” something.
    – Xanne
    Commented Jul 18, 2020 at 23:16
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    This usage of “cross” is very British; Americans don’t typically use “cross” this way (we prefer more emphatic synonyms: pissed, ticked off). It’s not totally unheard of, but it’s not common either. Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 4:56

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Yes, according to https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/cross_3#:~:text=cross

​cross (with somebody): annoyed or quite angry

I was cross with him for being late.

Please don't get cross. Let me explain.

  • Thanks. Would you say the preposition "over" following "cross" sounds natural?
    – Dxml
    Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 17:31
  • As an English speaker, using the word "over" sounds unusual, but not necessarily wrong. Crossover usually means a hybrid between two things or it means going from one place to another. A "crossover episode" is a TV show that has characters from two different shows. A crossover vehicle is something between a car and a light truck.
    – mankowitz
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 13:11

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