I am telling the truth; I swear this is the truth: I love you, baby. Cross my heart (1908+)
Attest to the truth of something; solemnly assure someone that the truth has been spoken. For example, I did lock the door—cross my heart and hope to die! This phrase most likely originated as a religious oath based on the sign of the cross; it is generally accompanied by hand gestures such as crossing one’s hands over one’s breast and then pointing the right hand skyward (a variant is cross my heart and point to God). Today most often uttered by children, it was first recorded in 1908.
[kraws-nash-uh-nl, ‐nash-nuh l, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈnæʃ ə nl, ‐ˈnæʃ nəl, ˈkrɒs-/ adjective 1. pertaining to or involving two or more nations.
adjective 1. having to do with interaction between the senses
- Cross of gold speech
An address by the presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan to the national convention of the Democratic party in 1896. Bryan criticized the gold standard and advocated inflating the currency by the free coinage of silver, a measure popular among the debt-ridden farmers whom Bryan championed. “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor […]
noun 1. a Latin cross with a representation of steps beneath it.