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lower one's sights
Fig. to set one's goals lower. (Alludes to pointing the barrel of a rifle lower to lower the aim of the rifle.) Even though you get frustrated, don't lower your sights. I shouldn't lower my sights. If I work hard, I can do what I want.
lower your sightsalso set your sights lower
to accept something that is not as good as what you originally wanted With so few jobs around she's had to lower her sights.
Usage notes: the opposite meaning is expressed by raise your sights (to try to get something better than you had originally expected)
lower your sights
to accept something less good than the thing you were hoping for With so few jobs around she's had to lower her sights.See drop guard