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Caught in the crosshairs

Posted by RRC on June 20, 2008 at 14:56

In Reply to: Caught in the crosshairs posted by NK on June 20, 2008 at 13:30:

: We often hear and read the expression, "caught in the crosshairs..." While the meaning seems to be caught in a difficult spot as in, "caught between a rock and a hard place" the derivation of this phrase is difficult to find. Any thoughts?

Crosshairs refers to a reticle (+) such as in the telescopic sight of a gun. Some impending disaster has you locked on target.