Direct a missile or criticism at something or someone, as in Raising his rifle, Chet took aim at the squirrel but missed it entirely, or In his last speech the President took aim at the opposition leader. [Late 1500s]
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How to use take aim in a sentence
Meanwhile, the Democratic assaults on Romney take aim at his personal life, his private-sector career, even his impeccable family.Obama’s Much-Touted Likability Edge May Evaporate Before November | Michael Medved | August 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Such a move would allow Lewis to take aim at the parent company News Corp., in lieu of News International, in pursuit of damages.Murdoch Confirms U.S. Department of Justice Investigation Into News Corporation | Mike Giglio | April 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In addition, Lewis notes, if hacking took place on U.S. soil, he can more easily take aim at News Corp. itself.
The question is: Will she take aim at another presidential candidacy in 2012?
Wilkins got such a start that he tripped over one of the thwarts in trying to take aim, and nearly upset the boat.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
In the fall the barrel of his rifle had been so covered with dead leaves and dust that he could not take aim.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
When this sound reached our ears, the magistrate would sit up with his rifle to take aim.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The two Barolongs engaged to take firebrands and throw them at him so as to afford me a degree of light that I might take aim.Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
Before the next man could take aim, Barrent was on his feet and running.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley