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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cross-patch.
 
A disagreeable, ill-tempered person, male or female. Patch means a fool or gossip; so called from his parti-coloured or patched dress. A cross-patch is an ill-tempered fool or gossip. Patch, meaning “fellow,” is common enough; half a dozen examples occur in Shakespeare, as a “scurvy patch,” a “soldier’s patch,” “What patch is made our porter?” “a crew of patches,” etc.   1
       
“Cross-patch, draw the latoh,
Sit by the fire and spin;
Take a cup, and drink it up,
       
Then call your neighbours in.
       
Old Nursery Rhyme.
 


 Cross Man (A).Cross-roads. 

 
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