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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What could have led state officials to put this furry American icon, which more than 200 tribal nations consider sacred, in its crosshairs? Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "There Could be a Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt Around Yellowstone National Park This Fall," 25 May 2018 Crystal Palace are reportedly keen to strengthen their midfield options this summer, with Everton's James McCarthy understood to be in their crosshairs., "Crystal Palace Plotting Summer Raid for Everton Midfielder With Return to Fitness Looming," 11 May 2018 Plastics were growing increasingly cheap to produce at this time and so too were fast-food meals, each of them accompanied by sodas in to-go cups with crosshairs that easily tore apart flimsier paper straws. Emelyn Rude, Time, "The Backlash Against Plastic Straws Is Spreading. Here’s How They Got So Popular in the First Place," 12 July 2018 Yet there are some obvious, if disheartening, reasons as to why Kelis claims’ did not put him the crosshairs. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "As Nas Readies His New Kanye-Produced Album, Why Aren't More People Talking About His Alleged Abuse?," 14 June 2018 Later, Bourdain admitted being in awe of his friend, Andrés, who put his business in the crosshairs over his stance against the president. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "'He is my hero.' Bourdain praised close friend during controversial Miami appearance," 8 June 2018 Geothermal plant in Hawaii volcano's crosshairs believed by some to be on sacred ground. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Mueller team not interested in alleged Trump informants, aide says; Trump-Kim summit in doubt," 23 May 2018 One posting showed a flyer for a forum on interracial relationships, with the crosshairs of a firearm imposed over a black hand intertwined with a white one. Travis Andersen,, "Commissioner says Boston firefighter fired over social media posts," 15 May 2018 Autopilot has been in the crosshairs of federal crash investigators, dating back to a 2016 crash of Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode that killed its driver after the car failed to stop for a tractor trailer that cut across its path. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Tesla Model S crash in Utah involved Autopilot, distracted driver," 14 May 2018

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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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