set (one's) sights on (someone or something)

set (one's) sights on (someone or something)

To identify, regard, or focus on someone or something as one's goal. Every since she was a little girl, Janet has set her sights on being a fighter pilot. They're setting their sights on you to be their new head of marketing.
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set one's sights on someone or something

Fig. to regard having someone or something as one's goal. He wanted a wife and he had set his sights on Alice. James set his sights on a law degree.
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set one's sights on

Have as a goal, as in She's set her sights on law school. This expression alludes to the device on a firearm used for taking aim. [Mid-1900s]
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set your sights on

have as an ambition; hope strongly to achieve or reach.
1996 Home Within ten minutes I had made an offer…But another couple has also set their sights on the cottage, so sealed bids were submitted.
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set (one's) sights on

To have as a goal: She set her sights on medical school.
See also: on, set, sight
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