strive for

strive for (something)

To put forth a great and tenacious effort to attain or accomplish something. I could tell she was striving for that promotion by how hard she'd been working recently. Our organization has been striving for peace in this region for the last ten years. You should always strive for excellence, but striving for perfection is a fool's errand.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

strive for something

to try to obtain or bring about something. I am striving for the best possible result. Mary strives for perfection in everything she does.
See also: for, strive
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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