raise (one's) sights

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raise (one's) sights

To increase one's expectations, hopes, or ambitions for or about something. I don't know why you're settling for some data management job; you have the qualifications to be a manager. We raised our sights while we were looking for houses after my wife's great-aunt left us a big inheritance.
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raise one's sights

Fig. to set higher goals for oneself. (Alludes to someone lifting the sights of a gun in order to fire farther.) When you're young, you tend to raise your sights too high. On the other hand, some people need to raise their sights.
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raise one's sights

Establish higher goals for oneself, as in She seemed content as a paralegal, but we thought she should raise her sights and get a law degree . This idiom uses sights in the sense of "a device on a gun or optical instrument that helps one take aim." [Mid-1900s] For the antonym, see lower one's sights.
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raise (or lower) your sights

become more (or less) ambitious; increase (or lower) your expectations.
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raise/lower your ˈsights

increase/reduce your hopes and ambitions: You should raise your sights and apply for the director’s job.Some women feel that staying at home and having a family means lowering their sights.
See also: lower, raise, sight
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Sir Mark Prescott's charge emerged victorious on her first couple of outings and place on her next two starts prompting connections to raise her sights to Group Three company in Ireland on her penultimate start.
Winner of a Hamilton maiden in July, that five-length triumph prompted Burke to raise her sights to Group Two in the Lowther.
The three-year-old was a winner at newbury on her racecourse bow in april, prompting trainer hughie Morrison to raise her sights to Listed company in the Cheshire oaks next time out.
That victory prompted connections to raise her sights to Group Three level for the Albany Stakes but she was not helped by being drawn low at the Royal meeting.
That victory prompted connections to raise her sights to Group Three level for the Albany Stakes, but she was not helped by being drawn low at the Royal meeting.
Those two victories prompted Hannon to raise her sights in the sixfurlong Empress Stakes but she failed to shine, racing prominently early on before fading to finish last of seven.
A winner on her seasonal bow over this course and distance in April, her subsequent second in a Listed contest at Newbury prompted connections to raise her sights to the Ribblesdale Stakes at the Berkshire venue.
Being a filly, I think we might look to raise her sights, even though she's rated 78 and needs to improve a stone-plus to get some black type.
The winner was given a 16-1 quote for the Oaks and is obviously held in high regard, so with Alumni nicely clear of the third, it is no wonder Hills has seen fit to raise her sights.
She beat a well-regarded rival that day, prompting connections to quickly raise her sights to Group Three company in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown where she was unlucky to come up again Andre Fabre's Fintry.
Dascombe is now set to raise her sights as he would rather receive weight against the best sprinters over five furlongs than give weight away to her peers.
Ann Duffield has resisted the temptation to raise her sights too quickly with Jessie's Spirit, opting to firstly go the handicap route in the Arena Structures Nursery.
Those two victories prompted Hannon to raise her sights in the six-furlong Empress Stakes, but she failed to shine, racing prominently early on before fading to finish last of seven.