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

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There’s another potential effect: Nigeria’s fledgling startups and businesses, possibly the biggest success story in the country in the last decade, may be caught in the crosshairs of the policy. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria wants to start charging a tax on local online purchases," 5 Aug. 2019 Of the five biggest tech companies in the U.S., Microsoft is the only one that isn't currently in the crosshairs of U.S. antitrust authorities. Dina Bass, latimes.com, "Microsoft’s past antitrust missteps offer lessons for today’s tech giants," 20 June 2019 On Monday the House Judiciary committee announced a bipartisan antitrust probe that has Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon in its crosshairs. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Bezos Says Amazon Will Bet Even Bigger Despite Antitrust Probes," 6 June 2019 The measure, which the White House said could amount to an unfair trade practice, is likely to be signed into law by Macron within two weeks, placing France squarely in the crosshairs of President Trump’s escalating trade wars. SFChronicle.com, "Dean & DeLuca closes in St. Helena; French may tax big tech," 11 July 2019 Allergan in recent years came into the crosshairs of David Tepper’s activist hedge fund Appaloosa LP, which criticized the company’s performance and pressured it to separate the roles of chairman and CEO. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "AbbVie Strikes Deal to Acquire Allergan for About $63 Billion," 25 June 2019 And his position atop the polls puts him in the crosshairs of a historically large field, even as his lead feels somewhat fragile. Philip Elliott / Concord, Time, "Joe Biden Is on Top of the Democratic Primary Field. How Does He Stay There?," 5 June 2019 Satz was often in the crosshairs of Howard Finkelstein, Broward’s longtime public defender who is also retiring soon. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "After four decades in office, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz won’t run for re-election," 4 June 2019 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

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circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

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crosshair

noun

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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