One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Especially in dancing, gymnastics, etc.: a step in which one foot is crossed over another; the action of taking such a step or steps.
2Surfing. A step or series of steps in which a surfer walking along a longboard crosses one foot over the other, typically to get to the nose; this technique.
1no object Especially in dancing, gymnastics, etc.: to make a step in which one foot crosses over another; to move forwards, backwards, or sideways using such a step or steps.
2no object Surfing. To walk on a longboard using the cross-step technique.
Early 18th century. From cross- + step<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Mind & Body. From cross- + step.
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