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?
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Not the sweet, demure scullery maid but a feisty, in-your-face, go-getter who sets her cap at Big Dave's (Cameron) Prince Charming.
But while Abby may not approve of the new recruit and his theories about what women really want, when she sets her cap at a handsome doctor, she decides to ask Mike for tips on winning him over.
In episode Two she sets her cap at widower Mal (Paul Copley) and is determined to woo him.
Not only is she seen in a wide selection of bonnets, she also sets her cap at anyone in breeches.