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

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With Facebook currently in the crosshairs of European regulators over a wide range of issues, Clegg brings a perspective and a clout that the company has previously lacked. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 These guys got on the government's crosshairs because of their connections to first candidate and now President Trump. Fox News, "McCarthy: Mueller is pursuing obstruction case against Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 If things fall through with the top three centers, Corbett will be in the Bengals’ crosshairs. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft Strategy: Center a game of press your luck," 21 Apr. 2018 PdVSA, as the national energy monopoly is known, is in the crosshairs. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Harshest Venezuela Sanctions Yet, on Oil," 14 Jan. 2019 Next in the government’s crosshairs could be Comcast-NBC. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "At AT&T Trial, Government Sends a Message About Future Deals," 4 Apr. 2018 Cut two cross members to length and install them in a crosshair formation, with shelf attachments added after. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Stylish Octagonal Firewood Rack," 22 Sep. 2016 But what about the potential crimes that put Mr. Flynn in Mr. Mueller’s crosshairs to begin with? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Mueller’s Gift to Obama," 6 Dec. 2018 Not even half an hour later, the president then tweeted praise of Roger Stone, his longtime adviser who’s been in Mueller’s crosshairs in recent months. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump attacks Michael Cohen and praises Roger Stone in anti-Mueller tweets," 3 Dec. 2018

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circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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