hit list

noun

Definition of hit list

: a list of persons or programs to be opposed or eliminated broadly : a list of those targeted for special attention or treatment

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Our latest glimpse at Russia's hit list reveals a batch of targets that's decidedly weird. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian State TV Lists U.S. Targets for Putin’s New Nukes--But One Target Doesn't Make Sense," 26 Feb. 2019 INTO IT’ Proof that the military wives were targeted by Russian hackers is laid out in a digital hit list provided to the AP by the cybersecurity company Secureworks last year. Washington Post, "Russians posed as IS hackers, threatened US military wives," 8 May 2018 Romaine lettuce has been on the food safety hit list for a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a consumer warning not to eat the leafy green due to E. coli contamination. Korin Miller, SELF, "The FDA Says Some Romaine Lettuce Is Safe to Eat Despite E. Coli Outbreak," 27 Nov. 2018 In 2014, suspected Islamists in Benghazi shot dead two secular teenage activists, Tawfik Bensoud and Sami al-Kwuafi, after their names appeared on a hit list that circulated on Facebook. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 In the fifth, Pujols' single moved him past Carew on the all-time hits list. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Albert Pujols ties Ken Griffey Jr. on career HR list, ties Rickey Henderson on career hits," 13 July 2018 Katenberg, who did not return multiple messages seeking comment, has been in The Associated Press’ sights ever since his email was identified among a massive hacker hit list handed to the news agency by Secureworks last year. Raphael Satter, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-hidden hackers unmasked by special counsel investigation," 13 July 2018 Katenberg, who did not return multiple messages seeking comment, has been in The Associated Press' sights ever since his email was identified among a massive hacker hit list handed to the news agency by Secureworks last year. Raphael Satter, chicagotribune.com, "Elusive Russian hackers unmasked by U.S. special counsel," 13 July 2018 This film clearly marks a new chapter in the Avengers story (or at least the first part of the new chapter), and Iron Man was on a lot of fanboys’ hit lists. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Who dies? Who doesn't? Here are your 'Avengers: Infinity War' spoilers," 27 Apr. 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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hit list

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hit list

: a list of people, organizations, etc., that a person or group plans to oppose or eliminate

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