cross reaction

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This is an excerpt from the book I'm reading.

Small children know when being cranky will get them an ice cream cone. And they know when being too noisy will get them a cross reaction from their parents.

I thought I got what 'cross reaction' means out of the context, but I looked it up in the dictionary anyway to confirm that I get it right. Unexpectedly, the definition found there shows that it's a medical term...

Could you tell me whether or not you often hear this term in daily conversation? Also, if possible I'd like to see another context where this term can be used.

Thank you in advance. :)
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Cross" here means annoyed, slightly angry. The children know how to make their parents react in annoyance/anger.
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