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So I saw this line from a TV drama (again) and couldn't understand it. Here is the line:

But Michaela Stone remains a person of interest in the most perplexing investigation ever to cross any of our desks.

What's the meaning of "cross any of our desks"? I was guessing "according to our records" or something like that.

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Basically it's a variation on the idiom

"To cross one's path"

Which means "to encounter". The author substituted the word "desks" for "path" to emphasise the idea that the encounter happened at work.

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The phrase to "cross my desk" or "come across my desk" is an idiom meaning to be introduced to/to see (usually in a working context).

In this context then, the sentence means "Michaela Stone remains a person of interest in the most perplexing investigation we have ever seen at work." (Emphasis mine).

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