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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Together with government, businesses and society as a whole, we need to raise our sights beyond basic inclusion and aim to create a Britain of true digital confidence at all levels of the workforce.
We need ambition as a nation in order to see the language thrive over the decades to come: we as people and our politicians need to raise our sights.
We are hoping that everyone who appreciates this fine building will want to help us raise our sights and meet the challenge of this appeal.
We probably will have to raise our sights, but we have stuck to right-handed tracks since his debut, which might limit us a bit.
Many of us felt failures that we had not achieved the desired goal of grammar school, but Mrs Green encouraged us to raise our sights, take an interest in politics and the world, develop a love of the arts, literature and the theatre, and strive for the best we could.
We are on the threshold of a new era for black business, one that demands that we raise our sights and expectations even higher.
But there is a very solid base in Bangor on which to build, and it is time to raise our sights to an even higher level.
Mr Brown told delegates: 'We gather here not to pause in our work or to relax our efforts but to raise our sights and reaffirm that our aim is economic stability for the British people not just for a year or two, or even just for the economic cycle, but our aim is to create economic stability for a generation.
But it is just one flag among many, and right now we could use a symbol that captures a broader hope than merely "God bless America," a symbol that will raise our sights to a wider concern as we engage in the moral and physical dangers that accompany war.
I am appalled at her assertion `that we need to raise our sights above the immediate difficulties' and going on to pass the buck for this nationwide crisis to the local authorities.