A month or so ago I read this book:
In that Lighthouse Keeper book the author did one thing that really annoyed me: she kept having characters brush back "a strand" of hair. The problem for me was a strand of hair is ONE HAIR and it's almost impossible to brush back one solitary strand by itself. Even more ridiculous was when she mentioned a character pulling on "a spiky strand." A single hair can't be spiky!
Now to be fair, when I checked the dictionary like the 5th or 6th definition said a strand could also refer to a tress of hair or many hairs. So if you want to get technical the author wasn't wrong.
The same thing for my favorite petulant writer, John Oberon. In one sentence he says, "the creature recommenced the siege on the tree." To me siege means blockading something to starve them out. You know, laying siege to a castle and whatnot. Again, though, one of the alternate definitions can mean attacking something. So it's not technically wrong.
Still the problem is because I as the reader think of the word a certain way because I've always heard it used that way and you use it a different way, then it's kind of annoying. I'll think you're wrong and don't know what the fuck you're talking about unless I go look it up in the dictionary.
I don't know if there's much an author can do about this. You can't know how every single person is going to think of each word. Still, in some cases maybe just use the most obvious word.