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

Examples of hit list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Looking back to Beach Rats, is Eliza Hittman next on your directorial hit list? Jack King, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Black vultures, southern cousins to our turkey vultures, are moving north into Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky in growing numbers, putting themselves on a hit list in the process. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Her hit list included capitalist society, the media, patriarchy, big business, and the government. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2021 Their hit list ranges from Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the third-ranking House Republican, to state officials like Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2021 El Dorado Elementary is on the hit list because the name represents the mythical city of gold that lured Spanish conquistadors to the New World, bent on conquest and colonization, both of which tended to get pretty heavy-handed. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Jan. 2021 At the top of Trump’s political hit list now are those who voted for his impeachment, including Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican leader, who issued a stinging rebuke of him before casting her vote this month. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2021 Next on Trump’s personal hit list is Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., people close to him said. Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Jan. 2021 Raccoons are on the hit list for mountain lions, as well. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of hit list

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Hit list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20list. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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