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  • Peggy and the pussy-cat had a wild race, and more than one person looked back to see why Peggy Owen, with flying yellow hair, was running at such speed cross-lots, through back yards, and climbing over fences.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock

  • They teach us to take the hip-lock of nature, and lead us cross-lots to success; they increase and elevate the pleasures of our vocation; a taste for them, is itself a blessing that sweetens our leisure hours, attracts us from temptations, and will gladden our old age.

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm

  • When the motion picture girl fell from the sycamore tree into the water, some of the members of the company, who sat or stood near by panting after their hard chase cross-lots, actually laughed at their unfortunate comrade's predicament.

    Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures Or, Helping the Dormitory Fund

  • Once outside, he wasted no time but struck off at once cross-lots to rout out Dave Thomas and Frank Ellery.

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island

  • Car'line, you run right down cross-lots to that first white house an 'there he'll be, callin' this minute on the Wilkinses, 'cause she told me he would.

    While Caroline Was Growing

  • She wondered if it was safe to return home cross-lots when she was so tired.

    The Secret of the Storm Country

  • John Meredith, taking the cross-lots road through Rainbow Valley on his way home from some pastoral visitations around the Harbour head one evening, turned aside to drink of the little spring.

    Rainbow Valley

  • She was cuttin 'cross-lots on her own hook, and wouldn't answer the helm.

    Cape Cod Stories

  • The horse weeds scratched his face as he plunged through the timber cross-lots with his message.

    A Certain Rich Man

  • She and Phil had gone for the sort of walk they both loved, -- along woodland paths, cross-lots, now and then back on the highroad, and if they got too far to walk back, prepared to return by train or trolley.

    Patty and Azalea

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  • Love this word! Wish I lived in a neighborhood so I could use it.

    December 12, 2009

  • My toys... my kitchen... I'll do as I please!

    December 12, 2009

  • When frogapplause dismembers her toys and leaves them all over the kitchen I get cross-lots.

    December 12, 2009