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hone in

1. To focus or concentrate on something. It's such a complex problem that it's hard to hone in on just one part of it.
2. To make progress toward some goal or end. I think the detective is honing in on us, Jimmy. We better turn ourselves in!
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hone in

v.
1. To advance toward some target, goal, or desired state: The police are honing in on the location of the gang. We don't have the answer yet, but by working together we're definitely honing in.
2. To direct one's attention; focus: The lawyer honed in on the discrepancies in my testimony.
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The company had explored honing in the '90s but re-visited the idea when Sunnen introduced its HTE honing machine.
"There's a little bit of assassination by the media," he said, before honing in on England's decision to opt for a lineout and the win rather than kick a penalty for a draw during their crucial Twickenham loss to Wales.
Makers of outdoor power equipment, motorcycles, ATVs, hydraulics, pneumatics, gears, and valves, to name just a few, are discovering automated honing in their search for ways to make parts with tolerances as tight as [+ or -] 0.0002" ([+ or -] 5 [micro]m) at high Cpk levels.