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be shooting for the same target

Of two or more people, to be working toward the same aim or goal. Look, I know we disagree sometimes, but we're still shooting for the same target here—we both want Mom to get the best medical care possible.
See also: for, same, shoot, target

dead on target

1. Precisely aimed, as of a shot or throw. His shot was dead on target from nearly midfield, placed perfectly in the corner of the goal. That pitcher has been throwing dead on target all game, striking out nearly every batter.
2. Exactly correct or to the intended point. I think her speech was dead on target about what this country needs to prioritize for the future.
See also: dead, on, target

hit two targets with one arrow

To complete, achieve, or take care of two tasks at the same time or with a singular series of actions; to solve two problems with one action or solution. I might as well hit two targets with one arrow and drop off my tax forms while I'm at the mall for the computer part I need. Bike-to-work schemes are a great way of hitting two targets with one arrow—getting more exercise while cutting down on the cost of your daily commute.
See also: arrow, hit, one, target, two

on target

As predicted, expected, or planned; totally accurate or precise. Her figures for the tax bill were right on target. The new doctor is a walking encyclopedia—she's always on target with her observations.
See also: on, target


Very accurate; precise. So far their forecasts have been on-target, so I suggest we heed their warning. I must say, Robert, your analysis is right on-target.

running target

1. A target that is moved as one attempts to hit it with bullets from a firearm. My accuracy is not the greatest, so I'm definitely not ready to work with running targets.
2. Something that frequently changes, making it difficult to achieve, define, understand, etc. Sometimes, work in the medical field it's so fast-paced that it feels like you're trying to hit a running target.
See also: running, target

target (someone or something) as (something)

To intend or aim for someone or something to become something or serve some purpose. The party targeted her as a viable presidential candidate very early on. We're targeting May as the launch period for our next product.
See also: target

Target run

A shopping trip to the department store Target. A: "How does every Target run end up costing me at least $50?" B: "Because you say you're only getting milk and paper towels, and then you come home with 12 other things."
See also: run, target
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on target

on schedule; exactly as predicted. Your estimate of the cost was right on target. My prediction was not on target.
See also: on, target

target someone or something as something

to aim at someone or something as something; to choose someone or something as someone or something. The board targeted Alice as a potential candidate. We targeted the first of August as the starting date.
See also: target
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on target

Completely accurate, wholly valid, as in Our cost estimates were right on target, or His criticisms were on target. This seemingly old expression dates only from the mid-1900s, and the colloquial use of target for a goal one wishes to achieve dates from about 1940.
See also: on, target
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.

be shooting for the same target

If two people are shooting for the same target, they are in agreement about what they are trying to achieve together. Two brains are better than one in this area, especially when they're shooting for the same target. Just so we can be sure we're both shooting at the same target, here's a summary of what will happen on Friday night.
See also: for, same, shoot, target
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a ˌsitting ˈduck/ˈtarget

a person or thing that is very easy to attack or criticize: It’s always easy to criticize teachers; they’re just sitting ducks.
See also: duck, sitting, target
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mod. timely; exact; incisive. Your criticism is exactly on-target.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

on target

Completely accurate, precise, or valid: observations that were right on target.
See also: on, target
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.
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sanctions policy extends beyond the borders of the targeted countries.
sanctions, including insurers, cannot do business or facilitate business with any person or entity on the list or in the targeted countries.
sanctions apply to "property subject to the jurisdiction of the United States"; "persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States"; and "persons within the United States." If an insurance transaction involves both an insured in a targeted country or one who is listed as a Specially Designated National and a person or property subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, the transaction could violate U.S.
For insurers and brokers who must comply with the sanctions, some fairly basic insurance transactions with persons or firms in targeted countries or on the Specially Designated Nationals are be prohibited.
MTCs enable pharmaceutical agents to be magnetically targeted to specific sites in the body.
Current clinical studies of MTCs being conducted by FeRx are designed to demonstrate the intra-arterial delivery of magnetically targeted pharmaceuticals to specific areas of the body while reducing systemic toxicity and increasing the efficacious concentration of drug at the target site.
The predecessor of the work opportunity credit was the targeted jobs credit.
In December 1994, the targeted jobs credit program expired.
The overpayment resulted from Perdue's claim of entitlement to the targeted jobs credit relating to the unprocessed applications.
Seattle Genetics has built a diverse portfolio of drug candidates targeted to many types of human cancers, including two currently being tested in six ongoing clinical trials.
These include enzyme delivery by targeted gene therapy followed by prodrug activation within the tumor, activation of the drug by the hypoxic nature of most solid tumors, activation in conjunction with antibody targeting, and activation by radiation of the tumor site itself.
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