from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ornamental straps which cross one another at the end of the body of a carriage, the upper ends being secured to the body and the lower to the pump-handles.
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The cross-straps of her sandals were wound high around her shapely calves.
They march around, like mechanical men, and they all have leather cross-straps, camera on the left, light meter on the right.
And all the time, apparently indifferent and distrait, she was studying every detail of this man; his lean features, his lean limbs, his thin, muscular hands, his uniform, the slim, light sabre which he balanced with both hands across his angular knees; the spurred boots, well groomed and well fitted; the polished cross-straps supporting field glasses and holster.
* A student nurse’s cloak with the cross-straps across the front