in the cross hairs


in the cross hairs
in a position to be criticized or attacked.

Her independence put her in the cross hairs of some local politicians.

Usage notes: usually the situation results from holding opinions that are not popular or are too independent
Related vocabulary: caught in the middle, caught in the crossfire Etymology: based on the literal meaning of cross hairs (= crossed lines used to aim a gun)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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