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with an eye towards

Focused on a particular thing that could happen in the future. With an eye towards fund-raising, I made sure to talk to all the trustees I could at the event. We moved back in with my parents, with an eye towards saving up for a house.
See also: eye, towards

progress toward (something)

To be in the process of reaching a particular destination, outcome, or goal. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) With the game progressing toward its conclusion, it seems like the reigning champions will walk away with another victory. The committee is progressing toward the end of its investigation.
See also: progress, toward

be (well) on the/(one's) way to/towards (something)

To be approaching a particular goal or outcome. With another stellar report card, you are well on your way to becoming valedictorian.
See also: on, towards, way

be (well) on the/your way to/towards something

be about to achieve something in the near future (usually something good): We’re on the way towards an election victory.He’s well on the way to establishing himself among the top ten players in the world.
See also: on, something, towards, way

go a long/some way towards doing something

help very much/a little in achieving something: The new law goes a long way towards solving the problem.
See also: long, something, towards, way
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The crowd far away on the left, towards Woking, seemed to grow, and I heard now a faint murmur from it.
This smoke (or flame, perhaps, would be the better word for it) was so bright that the deep blue sky overhead and the hazy stretches of brown common towards Chertsey, set with black pine trees, seemed to darken abruptly as these puffs arose, and to remain the darker after their dispersal.
cried Tardos Mors, and a moment later we fell back toward the runway that led to the floors above.
It was such a pack of scoundrels that Bududreen led toward the north campong to bear away the treasure.
Toward the southeast of Gathol was such a country, and as Gahan surmised the direction and the velocity of the storm to have carried him somewhere in the vicinity of the country he thought he recognized, he assumed that Gathol lay behind the hills he now saw, whereas, in reality, it lay far to the northeast.
In his insistent crawling toward the light, he discovered in her a nose that with a sharp nudge administered rebuke, and later, a paw, that crushed him down and rolled him over and over with swift, calculating stroke.
Then he turned and retraced his steps toward the palace, leaving her alone in the midst of the unseen terrors of the haunted city, for in truth these places are haunted in the belief of many Martians who still cling to an ancient superstition which teaches that the spirits of Holy Therns who die before their allotted one thousand years, pass, on occasions, into the bodies of the great white apes.
Tarzan of the Apes is a fool and a weak, old woman," and he turned back toward the south.
It is enough that within another minute or two, Tars Tarkas, wearing the metal of a Warhoon chief, was hurrying down the corridor toward the spiral runway, bearing the Warhoon's torch to light his way.
The first few villages he came to were deserted, showing that news of the coming of his pack had travelled rapidly; but toward evening he came upon a distant cluster of thatched huts surrounded by a rude palisade, within which were a couple of hundred natives.
The lidi, with the hounds running close on either side, had almost disappeared in the darkness that en-veloped the surrounding landscape, when I noted that it was bearing toward the right.
The balance of those on deck replied to our small-arms fire, directing their efforts toward the man at our wheel.
For a time no one turned back toward the thing that had frightened them, but Tarzan knew that they would in a moment, and when they discovered that it was but the dead body of their sentry, while they would doubtless be still further terrified, he had a rather definite idea as to what they would do, and so he faded silently away toward the south, taking the moonlit upper terrace back toward the camp of the Waziri.
La raised her slender arm and pointed toward the sun.
When we came down to drink I knew that no danger lurked near upon this side of the water hole, for else the zebras would have discovered it and fled before we came; but upon the other side toward which the wind blows danger might lie concealed.
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