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aim at (someone or something)

1. To point or guide an object, such as a weapon, at a target. Make sure you aim at the target before you pull the trigger. His water balloon is aimed at you! Run! How did my arrow end up all the way over here? I aimed at the bullseye!
2. To target a particular issue or goal. The new program is aimed at helping struggling students get the tutoring they need to succeed in class. The Environmental Protection Agency and similar organizations around the globe have been negotiating new legislation aimed at curbing the effects of climate change. Please tell me that the mayor's new initiative is aimed at cleaning up all this trash and beautifying the city.
3. To direct something at a specific person or group. I could tell that his rude remarks were aimed at me even though he did not mention my name. The studio's ad campaign is aiming at teenagers, but I think the movie is too violent for a young audience. The weekly seminar is aimed at giving mothers-to-be some practical information about childbirth and the early days thereafter.
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aim something at someone or something

to point or direct something at someone or something. Wally aimed the hose at Sarah and tried to soak her.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

aim at

1. To point or direct something at someone or something: The archers drew back their arrows and aimed at the target.
2. To intend something for some purpose. Often used in the passive: We aimed our discussion at a solution to the financial problems. The new computer classes are aimed at teaching how computers work.
3. To be intended to achieve something: This new program aims at raising awareness about privacy issues.
4. To do or say something intended to affect someone or something. Used chiefly in the passive: Their sarcasm was aimed directly at me. The antismoking campaign was aimed at teenagers.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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