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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Last time out my selection, who holds an entry in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday, raised his sights for H F id Wincanton's Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle three weeks ago, finishing third behind Champion Hurdle hope Elgin.
Despite hanging across the track at nottingham, he impressed in winning by upwards of three lengths and Cumani duly raised his sights to tackle a competitive heat at Goodwood, but he failed to make any sort of impact that day.
Hannon then raised his sights to Group Two level in the Coventry at the Royal meeting and the colt turned in a game performance to finish fourth behind a high-class winner, one with Classic aspirations.
Hannon then raised his sights to Group Two level in the Coventry at the Royal meeting and he turned in a game performance to finish fourth behind a high-class winner, one with definite Classic aspirations.
Winner of a Listed race on his seasonal return, Fabre quickly raised his sights to Group Two company and victory at that level prompted him to tackle the great Goldikova.
Winner of a Listed race on his seasonal return, Fabre quickly raised his sights to Group Two company - and victory at that level prompted him to tackle the great Goldikova.
He shot a 59 in a minitour event and recalls it was his second victory on the Challenge circuit that raised his sights.
However, stand-in Lowry raised his sights and fired his effort over the crossbar.
Alan, who lives in Whitestone, raised pounds 1,000 by completing the legion's Bike to Brussels last year and was so bitten by the bug that he has raised his sights to do the additional mileage this year.
Another highly impressive three-set win followed - against a player who has twice taken Rafter's scalp this season - so make no mistake, Becker has raised his sights considerably.
Last time out my selection, who holds an entry in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday, raised his sights for Wincanton's Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle three weeks ago, finishing third behind Champion Hurdle hope Elgin.
Bealby then raised his sights for the Midlands National but racing off an 11lb higher mark, Chac Du Cadran found it tough going and eventually finished a distant sixth.
But he has now admitted chasing fresh faces after a frustrating fortnight's wait for the Derby stopper and Arsenal reserve Richard Wright, and has raised his sights to landing one of the transfer coups of the summer.
Meehan raised his sights still further by sending him to Royal Ascot last month, but Triple Play had no chance after being badly hampered in a rough race.