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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Businesses seeking to establish, expand or maintain interests in emerging markets, should raise their sights to the longer term, and the serious prospect that their global position will be determined by these markets," concluded Bassam.
Now they can finally raise their sights and target the sides above as they bid to secure a top-six finish for the third season on the trot.
Americans need to raise their sights and reorganize the entire educational structure in which their schools function.
Gompert and Michael Kofman call for the United States and Russia to raise their sights from linear numerical progress to qualitative transformation of their strategic relationship.
And there is a growing realization that a country like India, with its vast market, with its strong growth rate performance, can help other countries in the region to raise their sights for economic development," Dr.
BORDER PATROL, the colt who beat Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes winner South Easter, could be back in action within the next fortnight, when connections may raise their sights on the back of his success over the Derby trial winner, writes Jon Lees.
A winner as a juvenile, Patkai started last year in handicaps before a thoroughly convincing success at Haydock prompted connections to raise their sights and pitch him into Group Three company at Royal Ascot.
Experienced campaigners Alan Schumaker, Gary Scott and Neil Clarke were excellent at the back for Tessuti, who may now raise their sights with a shot at next season's FA National Sunday Cup.
But Phil Stamp believes the Jambos should raise their sights this season.
CONNECTIONS of Clever Clogs are to raise their sights after she showed a sparkling turn of foot to settle the Tolent Construction Maiden Stakes in a few strides at Pontefract.
And small cut-and-trim businesses will be able to gain advice from experienced designers on how to raise their sights and get into the brand label end of the market.
SAP AG wants investors to raise their sights to the big recovery in business expected in 2000 and the fact that management is sticking to the forecast, made at the beginning of this year, that revenue will double by 2002.
The best and the brightest are always searching for mentors and role models who will raise their sights and standards, not merely agree that their performance is acceptable or better than average.
An easy victory over a solid yardstick in Custody prompted Meehan's team to raise their sights for the richly-endowed Tattersalls Timeform Million.
O'Neill than headed to Hamilton and Pickett duly strolled up in a moderate event, prompting connections to raise their sights to Group Three level.