target of opportunity

: a military target on which fire or attack is unplanned and which is attacked upon favorable presentation or unexpected discovery or appearance
usually used in plural
was permitted to engage any targets of opportunity which I might seeCoast Artillery Journal
this company was held in reserve for … attacking targets of opportunityInfantry Journal

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“Target of opportunity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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