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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. Ever 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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
set your ˈsights on something/on doing something,
have your sights ˈset on something/on doing somethingtry 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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
- set (one's) sights on (someone or something)
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- set your sights on
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- have (one's) sights trained on (someone or something)
- train (one's) sights on (someone or something)
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- be partial to (someone or something)