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lower (one's) sights

To lower one's expectations and accept less than one was hoping for or striving toward. Unfortunately, we simply can't afford to live in that ritzy neighborhood, so we have to lower our sights and look elsewhere.
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lower one's sights

Fig. to set one's goals lower. (Alludes to pointing the barrel of a rifle lower to lower the aim of the rifle.) Even though you get frustrated, don't lower your sights. I shouldn't lower my sights. If I work hard, I can do what I want.
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lower one's sights

Reduce one's goals or aspirations, as in Once he got the job I'd applied for, I had to lower my sights. This expression alludes to taking aim through the sights of a firearm. Also see raise one's sights; set one's sights on. [Second half of 1900s]
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When I was made redundant in 1972, I couldn't find any science jobs in the area and, having four tots, had to lower my sights.
But ambitions and aspirations can change with the times, and perhaps it won't be long (now that we know Premier League clubs spent more than pounds 70m on fees to agents between October 2008 and September 2009) before some boys tell Santa: "I wanted to be a footballer but my dad says I might have to lower my sights .
But even so he insists: "I will not lower my sights.
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