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.
See also: raise, sight
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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.
See also: raise, sight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

raise (or lower) your sights

become more (or less) ambitious; increase (or lower) your expectations.
See also: raise, sight
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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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"I shall be working very hard this winter in Dubai where I will be buying a home and raising my sights even higher," said McIlroy, He was speaking from his home town of Holywood, Northern Ireland, after narrowly missing out on his first PGA European Tour victory in the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland on Sunday.