hit list


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

Examples of hit list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After that, the Taliban placed Shinwari on a hit list that targeted translators working with US troops. Gabriel Kinder And Laura Klairmont, CNN, "Afghan translator who saved US lives and helped fellow translators escape danger becomes a US citizen," 4 July 2020 The data is effectively a digital hit list showing who was targeted and when. NBC News, "Obscure Indian cyber firm spied on politicians, investors worldwide," 13 May 2020 Greece, which largely escaped the disease but whose economy was ravaged previously by its debt crisis and which relies heavily on tourism, is also high on the economic hit list. Lorne Cook, The Christian Science Monitor, "EU braces for its deepest recession yet due to COVID-19," 6 May 2020 Gathered nearby, reporters asked the chief about a hit list and whether more could have been done to prevent the carnage that unfolded early Sunday morning. Keith Bierygolick, USA TODAY, "Dayton shooting gunman who police say killed 9 was in a 'pornogrind' metal band," 5 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors said Hasson drew up what appeared to be a computer spreadsheet hit list naming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, and Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Senator Elizabeth Warren. Michael Kunzelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot asks for leniency," 21 Jan. 2020 One of Octagon’s experimental therapies showed a high level of in vivo activity against Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter bacteria, number one and two on the WHO hit list. Isaac Stoner, STAT, "Saving lives should be good business. Why doesn’t that apply to finding new antibiotics?," 18 Mar. 2020 The administration had agreed last year to exclude the massive cranes from its tariff hit list after port operators complained, so Reinhart did not expect any difficulties with his latest order. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "These giant cranes show why the next fight in the U.S.-China trade war could be so damaging," 26 June 2019 In addition to each character's specific grievance with Roman Sionis, the group is also united in its efforts to protect Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), a sneaky pick-pocket who steals a diamond from Black Mask and lands at the top of his hit list. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Margot Robbie shines in 'Birds of Prey,' but leaves little room for Harley Quinn's girl gang," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hit list

1972, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Hit list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20list. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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