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hit list

1. A list of one's enemies who, as such, are subject to acts of violence or vengeance. The politician was shocked to discover his name was on the criminal's hit list.
2. A list of people who are the subject of one's anger for a (real or perceived) wrongdoing. Every employee in the accounting department was on the manager's hit list after he discovered they had been manipulating the books. I have no idea why I'm on Shelly's hit list all of a sudden—I haven't done anything wrong!
See also: hit, list
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a hit list

1. If someone has a hit list of people or things, they are intending to deal with them or get rid of them. Washington published a hit list of countries guilty of unfair trade practices. There are 12 factories on the hit-list, destined for closure.
2. If a terrorist or criminal organization has a hit list, they have a list of people they intend to kill. Sayers believed he was now on a hit list and needed protection.
See also: hit, list
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a ˈhit list

(informal) a list of people, organizations, etc. against whom some unpleasant action is being planned: The gang have drawn up a hit list of about 50 politicians.Be careful how you speak to her because I think you’re on her hit list.
See also: hit, list
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hit list

n. a list of people to whom something is going to happen. Ralph is on my hit list for contributing money for the orphans.
See also: hit, list
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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