One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]North American
Expose (someone) to different, incompatible opinions.‘the executive has been cross-pressured by the interests of the states and the electorate’
- ‘Thus, this sector of Catholic voters is likely to feel cross-pressured in 2000.’
- ‘With the number of undecided voters shrinking in recent years, campaigns in 2004 are increasingly seeking out voters who are cross-pressured on issues.’
- ‘Occasionally I did encounter undecided voters who were genuinely cross-pressured.’
- ‘They are cross-pressured as well by the forces of globalisation and what they regard as Western imperialism and cultural domination.’
- ‘Under-support was most pronounced among cross-pressured Republicans.’
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