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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 your ˈsights on something/on doing something

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have your sights ˈset on something/on doing something

try to achieve or get something: She’s set her sights on an Olympic gold.He has his sights on owning the biggest property company in the USA.
You look through the sights of a gun to aim at the target.
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set (one's) sights on

To have as a goal: She set her sights on medical school.
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set one's sights on, to

To select as one’s goal. The sights in this expression are a device such as a pair of knobs or notches placed on a firearm to help one take aim. The figurative use dates from the mid-twentieth century and also appears in such phrases as to raise one’s sights, meaning to aim higher, or to lower one’s sights, meaning to be somewhat less ambitious. The Economist used it on December 9, 1950, “The United States must now raise its sights, in terms of both manpower and production.”
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To achieve this, he has set sights on container and coastal cargo, as also handling cruise vessels.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 19 (ANI): After Indian Premier League (IPL) victory, Suryakumar Yadav set sights to defend Triumph Knights' T20 Mumbai League title and said he strongly believes that they can make it 'two in a row'.
DEAN SMITH told Villa to finish the job as they set sights on the Championship play-off final.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has set sights on businesses using the Internet to market and sell products in a renewed bid to reduce revenue leakage through tax evasion.The taxman says some of the businesses, which have invested in online channels to provide services and drive sales were neither paying taxes nor filing annual returns.
Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, and Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman have set sights on strengthening their presence in the Middle East region and will promote Ajman as tourist destination at the annual Arabian Travel Market exhibition.
Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, and Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman set sights on strengthening its presence in the Middle East region, and promoting Ajman as tourist destination at the annual Arabian Travel Market exhibition.
Azkals move on, set sights on Asian qualifiers for 2022 !-- -- Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) - January 20, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines With a coveted AFC Asian Cup stint tucked under their belt, the Philippine Azkals look to continue the journey as they set their sights on the next big international battle ahead, the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
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According to the plan, the government had gone through a careful evaluation and set sights on development of an effective and efficient defensive missile system to counter attacks from Chinese fighter jets and battle ships and provide comprehensive protection of Taiwan proper and the outlying Kinmen, Penghu and Matsu islands.
IANS Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, who made a transition to the fashion world as a designer, has now set sights on the beauty industry as she will be creating her own skincare line.
Yarnold has set sights on a double LIZZY Yarnold will resume her quest to become Great Britain's first double Winter Olympic champion when the opening race of the new Skeleton World Cup season takes place in Lake Placid today.
After being just 10 months into his job AXA CEO Thomas Buberl has already set sights on ambitious growth for the insurance firm.
After selling its Chinese business to Didi last year, Uber has now set sights on India making it one of its top priorities.