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 Cross as a Bear,Cross as Two Sticks. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cross as the Tongs.
 
The reference is to tongs which open like a pair of scissors.   1
 


 Cross as a Bear,Cross as Two Sticks. 

 
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