set (one's) cap at (someone)

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set (one's) cap at (someone)

dated To try to attract, secure, or win someone as a romantic partner or spouse. Said especially (though not exclusively) of a woman in pursuit of a bachelor. Well, if he insists on remaining so inhospitable, then I shall simply set my cap at a man with a greater sense of charm and decency. The ladies of this town shall all be setting their caps at Mr. Rutherford, now that his inheritance has left him quite wealthy. But don't you find it rather unseemly for a man of his age and station to set his cap at a girl who's barely of voting age?
See also: cap, set
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THIS intriguing headline appeared on the BBC Sport website yesterday:has Roman Abramovich really set his cap at Obi--Wan Kenobi?
When he set his cap at a feisty married woman, his attentions left the union in tatters as her jealous husband raged against his friendship.
The fact that an equerry could set his cap at a Sovereign's daughter - let alone marry one - was almost beyond the comprehension of courtiers whose job it is to discourage such mis-matches.