Definition of crosshair
: a fine wire or thread in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument used as a reference line in the field or for marking the instrumental axis —used figuratively to describe someone or something being targeted as if through an aiming device having crosshairs … in the crosshairs this political season — J. H. Alter
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Will Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) stay out of his incarcerated ex-girlfriend's hacking crosshairs?
Go to Texas and find something different about this guy that hasn’t been told.’ That’s not easy to do with someone who is in the crosshairs of TMZ.
Authorities said Garcia-Muro was likely caught in the crosshairs of ricocheting bullets.
Flynn has long been in the crosshairs of congressional and federal investigators and has had previous problems with his national security clearance application.
Facebook has approximately two billion monthly users, and routinely finds its platform in the crosshairs of deadly and terrorism-related events.
MS-13 has been in the crosshairs of federal law enforcement since at least 2012 when the group was designated a transnational criminal organization and subjected to financial sanctions by the Treasury Department.
Tuesday’s game also puts Plum in the crosshairs of the Storm’s Sue Bird, who had been a childhood favorite and more recently served as a mentor.
Those recently caught in the crosshairs of Morgan’s complaints include the King County Democrats and state House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle.
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Definition of crosshair for English Language Learners
: a very thin wire or thread that is seen when you look into a microscope, telescope, etc., and that is used for precisely viewing or aiming at something
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