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in (one's) cross hairs

1. Literally, visible in one's gunsight. Once you've got the deer in your cross hairs, shoot! Once he had me in his cross hairs, I put my hands up and admitted defeat.
2. By extension, in a position in which other people are eager to criticize or attack. The CEO has been in politicians' cross hairs for his recent comments on immigration.
See also: cross, hair

in the cross hairs

In a position in which other people are eager to criticize or attack. The CEO has been in the cross hairs of politicians and businesspeople alike for his recent comments on immigration.
See also: cross, hair
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