have something in your sights

have (someone or something) in (one's) sights

1. Literally, to have one's gun aimed at someone or something. I had the deer in my sights, but I stepped on a branch and scared it away.
2. By extension, to intend to defeat someone or achieve something, or be close to doing so. He's had a phenomenal career for such a young boxer, and now he has the reigning champion in his sights. The retired athlete now has public office in his sights.
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have something in your sights

COMMON If you have something in your sights, you aim to achieve it, and you have a good chance of success. Note: The sights on a weapon such as a rifle are the part that helps you to aim it more accurately. Liverpool have the Championship firmly in their sights. I am studying at university, with good job prospects firmly in my sights.
See also: have, sight, something
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