Were out to - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
be (all) out to (do something) (redirected from were out to)
be (all) out to (do something)
To be working toward some goal or outcome. Ben is all out to get a scholarship—that's why he's been involved in so many extracurriculars this year.
be (all) out to do something,
be (all) out for something want or plan to do or get something: I think he’s out to kill me. ♢ I’m not interested in a few thousand dollars. I’m out for a million!