have in sights
have (someone or something) in (one's) sights
1. Literally, to have one's gun aimed at someone or something. I had the deer in my sights, but I stepped on a branch and scared it away.
2. By extension, to intend to defeat someone or achieve something, or be close to doing so. He's had a phenomenal career for such a young boxer, and now he has the reigning champion in his sights. The retired athlete now has public office in his sights.
have someone or something in one's sights
1. Lit. to have one's gun aimed at someone or something. The sniper had the soldier in his sights. I had the deer in my sights. I fired.
2. Fig. to consider someone or something one's goal or conquest. I have a promotion in my sights and I hope to get it before the end of the year. I've had Sally in my sights for years. I intend to marry her.