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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Fairstein, as she is portrayed in the film, was in the crosshairs. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A changing America finally demands that the Central Park Five prosecutors face consequences," 8 July 2019 And as is usually the case, the big-money quarterback is the one in the crosshairs ahead of all that. Albert Breer,, "As NFL Training Camp Looms, Pressure’s on for Rodgers, LaFleur and the Packers," 27 June 2019 Ferrer, meanwhile, seemed only too happy to inherit Craigslist’s share of the adult market, even if that meant assuming its place in the crosshairs. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 And with a trade war brewing between China and the United States, Tesla could be caught in the crosshairs. Washington Post, "Tesla wants everyone to drive an electric car. Now it risks becoming a niche brand.," 14 June 2019 Ugandan authorities have long been wary of the potential of protests to sweep the regime out of power, and broadcasters who present live coverage are caught in the crosshairs. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "As Uganda targets a pop star rival, media under pressure," 18 May 2019 FedEx has fired a new weapon in the U.S.-China trade war, suing the Trump administration to block enforcement of trade restrictions that placed the company in Beijing’s crosshairs., "Today: Amid Scandal, the Border Patrol Chief Resigns," 26 June 2019 And many of the state's farmworkers have been caught in the crosshairs of the potentially deadly disease. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Iran warns it may breach nuke deal, Trump 2020 & a tribute to dad jokes: The Morning Rundown," 17 June 2019 The main reason was that going to a clinic meant placing yourself squarely in the crosshairs of Tijuana’s police. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘City of Omens,’ author shares women’s tales of survival in Tijuana," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of crosshair

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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