In Reply to: Caught in the crosshairs posted by RRC on June 20, 2008 at 14:56:
: : 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.
See -- http://www.students.haverford.edu/jhuttner/Hogsniper/Deer%20in%20the%20Crosshairs.jpg