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buck for (something)

To pursue or work toward something. Joe and I are both bucking for the promotion. I know Amelia is bucking for that award, but I heard they're giving it to Jenny.
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buck for something

Sl. to work ambitiously for something, such as a promotion. I'm just bucking for recognition and, of course, a 20 percent raise. You can tell by her attention to the boss that she's bucking for promotion.
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buck for

Strive for, aim for, as in She's bucking for Editor of the Year. Strongly associated with seeking a promotion in the military, this expression originated in the late 1800s and is now applied more widely.
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Do you get a lot of pictures of the buck for several days and then it seems to disappear?
Still, Robert looked for that buck for several days but found no sign of it and concluded it survived.
Early on we saw a couple of nice bucks, and I saw that gorgeous young double-drop buck for the second time.
Now, since Richard has MY buck on his wall, maybe he'll find an even bigger buck for me next year?
I hunted a buck for the last two seasons and in roughly 80 days of hunting him, I saw him just five times.
One year, on the last day of the season I could hunt, I tracked a buck for four hours just by keeping an eye on the length of the stride between dimples, which happened to be only 23 inches," Glidden says.
Whitetails expect the same, and an in-your-face meeting without even a flick of a tail could wire a buck for a string-jumping encounter.
Brenda had also drawn a tag for this area, so the pair had been scouting for a good buck for her.