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hone for (someone or something)
To yearn for someone or something. She honed for her boyfriend the whole week he was gone. In this heat, I find myself honing for some ice cream.
1. To focus or concentrate on something. It's such a complex problem that it's hard to hone in on just one part of it.
2. To make progress toward some goal or end. I think the detective is honing in on us, Jimmy. We better turn ourselves in!
See also: hone
hone in on (something)
To focus or concentrate on something. A common misspelling of "home in on (something)." Their new heat-seeking missiles can hone in on targets from over 3,000 miles away. Scientists said they are honing in on a cure to the terrible disease. There was so much wonderful stuff in that movie, so I don't know why you're honing in on one single problematic scene.
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hone for someone or something
Rur. to long for someone or something. Tom: What's wrong with Jane? Mary: She's honing for her sweetheart. Jimmy was honing for the red bicycle in the toy store window.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To advance toward some target, goal, or desired state: The police are honing in on the location of the gang. We don't have the answer yet, but by working together we're definitely honing in.
2. To direct one's attention; focus: The lawyer honed in on the discrepancies in my testimony.
See also: hone
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