hostile witness

/ˌhɒstaɪl ˈwɪtnəs/ (say .hostuyl 'witnuhs)

noun Law
a witness who deliberately obstructs the party who called them and who therefore may be made subject to cross-examination by that party.
Also, adverse witness.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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