"a bullseye on someone's back"
to be singularly identified as the person to beat, oppose, replace or somehow persecute;
to be singled out as chief rival
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Isn't it great that the boss has publicly endorsed you for the promotion?
Colleague 2: I suppose if a person likes to have a bullseye painted on their back.
Colleague 1: I don't understand.
Colleague 2: With the boss's announcement, I went from coworker to rival. Now everyone will be looking for ways to slow me down or oppose me or just generally make trouble in order to improve their chances. Before the announcement, we were all in the running for receiving the promotion. Now everyone will focus on me.
Two friends are talking ...
Friend 1: Summer is over. Are you ready for another season of playing hockey?
Friend 2: You know I love playing hockey but this year is going to be difficult.
Friend 1: Why do you say that?
Friend 2: After winning the Most Valuable Player Trophy last year, I now have a bullseye on my back. Every opposition player is going to be all over me every game. It will make it really difficult to make any plays or get any action going.
There is no gerund form for a bullseye on someone's back.
1) ... especially, and his quick ascension up the ranks at EPD put a bullseye on his back.
2) ... crucified by over 80 per cent of the media. And he has painted a bullseye on his back and marched out into the middle of the Colosseum.
3) ... in the ring and he says he knew winning the title would put a bullseye on his back.
4) ... the feeling he held for a good part of his career that there was a bullseye on his back which was being fired at from many corners of the industry.
5) ... could simply be staying at the top of his game while having a bullseye on his back as the defending champ.
6) ... going through something major at a stage of life when being different can put a bullseye on your back. Laura's mum is right about one thing; teenagers ...
7) It is another altogether to make oneself the issue. That just puts a bullseye on your back.
8) Any team that is doing well there is always going to be a bullseye on your back to be the team that beats you.
9) There's definitely that feeling of having a bullseye on your back, and to prove last year wasn't a fluke.
10) ... watching me winning the worlds. It is not the easiest thing with a bullseye on your back.
11) ... the question that we're being asked. Am I actually going to paint a bullseye on my back by looking overly well-prepared?
12) I've always had a bullseye on my back in Long Drive, I've always been in the spotlight.
13) There's a bullseye on my back and everyone wants this position, because this is life-changing.
14) I'll obviously have a bullseye on my back, and it adds to the pressure, especially at home.
15) I will definitely have a bullseye on my back, but it's pointless to worry about your opponents.
16) Conway is a brilliant, tough operative. But she now she has a bullseye on her back.
17) ... a career-high world No. 2 ranking, Kerber knows that she will now have a bullseye on her back.
18) She's got a bullseye on her back and she's the one everyone is aiming for now.
19) ... position in the polls and strong performance last time around, she'll have a bullseye on her back.
20) ... only after Christmas that, for some inexplicable reason, a classmate suddenly drew a bullseye on her back.