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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
raise/lower your ˈsightsincrease/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.
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