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

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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 Here’s the hit list: Grab a latte at Reuben Hills, stroll Crown Street for its boutiques (The Standard), hit Tap Gallery, and dream of relocating to one of the Victorian homes along the way. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 With a first inning HR, Mike Trout passed manager Mike Scioscia on the all-time hit list. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Millville's Mike Trout is better than ever but thirsting for postseason success," 29 June 2018 But this small arsenal of weaponry was found in the bedroom of a North Carolina teen who made out a hit list that included the name of his high school principal. Doug Criss, CNN, "These are all the weapons deputies found in the home of a high school student who they said had a long hit list," 3 May 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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

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