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Difference between Cross something off and Cross something out

cross something offtake an item off a list; disregard such an item:

  • They crossed off ice cream from the grocery list. It’s just too cold for ice cream.

cross something outcancel an item on a list, etc. by drawing a line through it:

  • He wrote in pencil, and then crossed the words out with thick, dark lines that nearly tore the page.