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- To execute (a person) by nailing to a cross.
- To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at, especially as a scapegoat or target of outrage.
- After his public gaffe, he was crucified in the media.
- 1896 July 9, William Jennings Bryan, Cross of Gold speech:
- Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
- 1992, Tori Amos, Crucify (song)
- I crucify myself and nothing I do is good enough for you.
- (informal) To thoroughly beat at a sport or game.
- West Ham beat Manchester City five nil - they crucified them!
to execute a person by nailing to a crucifix
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