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.
See also: raise, sight

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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Those runs prompted Gosden to raise his sights to Listed level at Royal Ascot and the Wolferton Handicap proved a fruitful hunting ground as Mahsoob notched a workmanlike half-length verdict, although it is anyone's guess how much he had left in the tank that day.
That prompted connections to raise his sights to Listed company and he again turned in an excellent effort in finishing a narrow second off level weights to a rival rated a stone better than him.
at eort was enough to prompt Beckett to raise his sights for the Lingeld Oaks Trial, although she had to settle for fourth behind stablemate Honor Bound.
He is entered in the Racing Post Trophy at the end of next month and a win might prompt connections to raise his sights to Group One level.
It prompted trainer Lawrence Mullaney to raise his sights for the Gosforth Park Cup and again Jack Luey rose to the challenge, shrugging off a 4lb rise to finish an honourable third, beaten just two lengths by Magical Macey.
Third on his debut at Newmarket in July, he stepped up on that with a 12-length romp at Lingfield at the beginning of last month, prompting trainer Roger Charlton to raise his sights to Pattern company.
Which means he must now raise his sights as he looks down on Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and the rest of the tennis world.
Despite Long Run's display Waley-Cohen said there was no temptation to raise his sights any higher than the RSA Chase this year.
While Mr Unwin perhaps needs to raise his sights above the admittedly irritating council minutiae to which he refers, Mr Kirkham rightly draws attention to costly PFI schemes that can escape close scrutiny outside the Act.
After finishing a promising third to subsequent Group Three winner Blue Monday on his reappearance at Goodwood, Cumani has been encouraged to raise his sights back to Group One level.
That run prompted Stoute to raise his sights but he looked a little out of his depth when pitched in to the Stan James 2000 Guineas on his seasonal debut.
That effort was enough to prompt Beckett to raise his sights for the Lingfield Oaks Trial, although she had to settle for fourth behind stablemate Honor Bound.
It prompted trainer Lawrence Mullaney to raise his sights for the Gosforth Park Cup and Jack Luey shrugged off a 4lb rise to finish an honourable third.
The four-year-old won the Silver Bowl at Haydock at the beginning of the year, prompting connections to raise his sights to the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
That triumph prompted trainer Saeed bin Suroor to raise his sights for the Chesham and that faith was repaid as Tha''ir thrived for the step up to seven to win by just over two lengths.