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zero in on

Meaning: If you zero in on something, you focus on it or put your attention on it.

Synonym: focus on

For example:

  • zero in on sb The police tracked many suspects in the drug gang before they zeroed in on the gang's leader and arrested her.

  • zero in on sth Before the missile was fired, it's built-in computer zeroed in on the target.

Quick Quiz:

The tax department's criminal investigation unit zeroed in on three companies that had
  1. paid all their taxes
  2. bribed tax officials
  3. never avoided tax

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