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What does the phrase "crossed in love" mean?

Asked by flash74686 (478points) July 5th, 2010

I’m fairly sure what it means, I just don’t know how I’d word it.

Context: In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet says “Your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.”

So how could I re-write that in a more understandable way?

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MissA's avatar

I believe that it means, ”,,,a girl likes a little drama in her love life…” But, I am not absolutely positive.

zenele's avatar

Lost in love?

Wait, that’s Air Supply.

Jeruba's avatar

Thwarted, frustrated. See sense 39 here. It means things aren’t going her way romantically.

zenele's avatar

Then I’m crossed in love with ^.—Now I know how to express myself. I can dispense with the *—sighs *——

Welcome to fluther, flash. Thespians are always welcome here.

ETpro's avatar

It’s a idiom meaning to be disappointed in love.

skfinkel's avatar

I have always taken it to mean disappointed in love. Things just haven’t worked out.

janbb's avatar

I understand it to mean unlucky in love. I think it comes from the phrase star-crossed lovers.

Andreas's avatar

@flash74686 Probably means along the lines of, “Double-crossed in love.” Betrayed. That’s always been my understanding, anyway.

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