crosshair

noun
cross·​hair | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌher How to pronounce crosshair (audio) \

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

Examples of crosshair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wuskin has been labeled a bonafide sniper in Call of Duty League play, forcing the enemies into his crosshair and dictating the pace of crucial search and destroy maps. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Empire limit London sharpshooter ‘Wuskin’ in search and destroy," 19 June 2020 Yet it was elected leaders in populous Democratic strongholds who’ve found themselves in the crosshairs of the state’s Republicans. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas GOP leaders call out coronavirus enforcement in big cities while border crackdowns drew scant notice," 18 May 2020 Afghan forces have been in the crosshairs of the Taliban despite the peace accord that the U.S. signed with the group. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Afghanistan breaks with US and blames Taliban for deadly maternity ward attack," 15 May 2020 The prospect of playing games without fans would put athletes in the crosshairs of the disease. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus will test how important athletes’ health is to big business of sports," 15 May 2020 At home, the subzero rates are frustrating banks, while the SNB’s interventions in currency markets have put Switzerland in the crosshairs of U.S. authorities. Catherine Bosley, Bloomberg.com, "SNB Franc Shock Reverberates in Negative Rates, U.S. Critics," 13 May 2020 Others of this cohort, precisely because their commitment was to art, had proved themselves quite ungovernable and were continually in the crosshairs of the state. Ann Kjellberg, The New York Review of Books, "Beyond Meaning: Joseph Brodsky’s Poetry of Exile," 11 May 2020 What’s a place to do when half its population is in the crosshairs of coronavirus? Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The ABCs of reopening," 29 Apr. 2020 Bank of China, one of China’s largest banks, has found itself in the crosshairs of domestic netizens in recent days thanks to a retail investment product named Crude Oil Treasure. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "A Chinese Bank’s Billion-Dollar Oil Slick," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of crosshair

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crosshair was circa 1884

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2 Jul 2020

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“Crosshair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crosshair. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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crosshair

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English Language Learners Definition of crosshair

: 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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