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 Cross-patch.Cross and Ball, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cross-roads.
 
All (except suicides) who were excluded from holy rites were piously buried at the foot of the cross erected on the public road, as the place next in sanctity to consecrated ground. Suicides were ignominiously buried on the highway, with a stake driven through their body.   1
 


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