cross·​hair | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌher \

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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Even the more banal rituals of US politics have come into the crosshairs. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Dele Alli in particular was in the crosshairs for his start to the game., "It's Coming Home! Twitter Goes Berserk as England March Into First World Cup Semi-Final Since 1990," 7 July 2018 President Trump and his supporters clearly have Bezos in the crosshairs. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "$2 billion in charity is not enough for Jeff Bezos to slink out of the public limelight," 13 Sep. 2018 Indeed, scientists and engineers around the world are working on ways to keep Earth out of asteroids' crosshairs. Mike Wall,, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 Every minute that Iguodala plays keeps a lesser defender out of the crosshairs, making Houston that much more predictable in the process. Rob Mahoney,, "The Costs and Complications of Losing Andre Iguodala," 24 May 2018 The new factory will help the companies hedge currency risks -- and also may keep them out of the White House’s crosshairs., "Toyota and Mazda Select Alabama for New Auto Factory," 9 Jan. 2018 Missiles such as the Dragon required the gunner to hold a set of crosshairs on target until the missile impact, a tough proposition when the missile launch would often give away the gunner’s position and earn him a barrage of enemy machine gun fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Sending Deadly Javelin Missiles to Ukraine," 2 Jan. 2018 The PHLX Semiconductor Index, up 84% since the beginning of 2016, has tumbled 11% from the start of October as shares of chip companies have been caught in the crosshairs of escalating China-U.S. trade tensions. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Slumping Semiconductor Stocks Don’t Bode Well for Broader Market," 29 Nov. 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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