have in sights
have (someone or something) in (one's) sights
1. Literally, to have the sights of one's gun aimed at someone or something. I had the rabbit in my sights, but I stepped on a branch and scared it away.
2. By extension, to intend to conquer someone or achieve something. He's had a phenomenal career for such a young boxer, and now he has the reigning champion in his sights. The business tycoon-turned-politician now has the presidency in his sights.
have someone or something in one's sights
1. Lit. to have one's gun aimed at someone or something. The sniper had the soldier in his sights. I had the deer in my sights. I fired.
2. Fig. to consider someone or something one's goal or conquest. I have a promotion in my sights and I hope to get it before the end of the year. I've had Sally in my sights for years. I intend to marry her.