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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.
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.
have someone in your sights
If you have someone in your sights, you are determined to catch or defeat them. Note: The sights on a weapon such as a rifle are the part that helps you to aim it more accurately. Knight had Thomas in his sights for much of the race, but in the end, failed to catch him up. Lennox Lewis beware! Earl Barrett has got you in his sights. Note: These expressions are often used more literally to say that someone is looking at a target through the sights of a gun.
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.