noun Date: circa 1884 a fine wire or thread in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument used as a reference line in the field or for marking the instrumental axis — used figuratively to describe someone or something being targeted as if through an aiming device (as on a rifle) having crosshairs <
capital punishment…is in the crosshairs this political season — J. H. Alter

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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