in the crosshairs


: being aimed at by a gun (such as a rifle) that has an aiming device with crosshairs
often used figuratively
The senator's voting record was in the crosshairs of his political rivals.

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“In the crosshairs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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