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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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 German carmakers are now near the top of global investors’ hit lists of national sectors to avoid because of prominent export surpluses with America. The Economist, "New auto tariffs would batter German carmakers," 5 July 2018 And what comes out of the kitchen here, is a greatest-hits list of classic Cuban dishes done well enough to inspire a loyal following. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Cuban Restaurants and Cafes in L.A.," 24 Apr. 2018 Soybeans are on the hit list of American goods now being targeted by Chinese tariffs that went into effect Friday after the U.S. implemented a raft of duties earlier in the day and President Donald Trump threatened more action. Fortune, "China Cancels U.S. Soybean Purchases as Trade War Takes Hold," 6 July 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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