from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a particular throw in wrestling; hence, an unexpected defeat or repulse.
  • n. A throw in which the wrestler turns his left side to his opponent, places his left leg across both legs of his opponent, and pulls him forward over his hip; hence, an unexpected defeat or repulse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peculiar throw practised by wrestlers, especially in Cornwall, England; hence, an unexpected overthrow or repulse.


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  • Ferdinand, who had hitherto observed a strict neutrality, no sooner perceived them approach, than he leaped in between the disputants, that he might be found acting in the character of a peacemaker; and, indeed, by this time, victory had declared for the baronet, who had treated his antagonist with a cross-buttock, which laid him almost breathless on the floor.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Like enough, we could meet them man for man (if we chose all around the crown and the skirts of Exmoor), and show them what a cross-buttock means, because we are so stuggy; but in regard of stature, comeliness, and bearing, no woman would look twice at us.

    Lorna Doone

  • In a trice, however, by the assistance of his female second, he was on his legs again, and grappling with his antagonist, endeavoured to tip him a fall, but instead of accomplishing his purpose, he received a cross-buttock, and the brewer throwing himself upon him as he fell, had well-nigh smothered him on the spot.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

  • He also gave him some hints in wrestling, and taught him the throw called the cross-buttock.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys

  • For a moment he held him, then, suddenly releasing his arms, he caught him round the body, shook him with a mighty side-heave, gave him the cross-buttock, and, before he could strike a single blow, threw him in the air and dashed him to the ground.

    The Trail of '98 A Northland Romance

  • "Old Nick's a toughish customer d'ye see, and a glutton for punishment; wind him, cross-buttock him or floor him wi 'a leveller amidships, but he'll come up smiling next round, ready and willin' for more, an 'fight back at you' ard as ever, alas!"

    Peregrine's Progress

  • Joe Hines, ex-lumber-jack, came down with an impact equal to a fall from a two-story building -- his overthrow accomplished by a cross-buttock, delivered, he claimed, before he was ready.

    Chapter III

  • In the twinkling of an eye Flemming tried the cross-buttock, but it seemed that Merriwell had been expecting just such a move, for he passed his left leg behind Fred's right and through in front of Fred's left.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

  • But what was most astonishing was that Flemming was flat on his back at the bottom when the lads struck the ground, although it had appeared that he had successfully accomplished the cross-buttock.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

  • This, however, had been planned from the very instant that Fred made the first move to accomplish the cross-buttock, and Frank's lock-trip had brought it about by lifting the other lad from the ground by a whirling movement.

    Frank Merriwell's Races


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