Strive for, aim for, as in She's bucking for Editor of the Year. Strongly associated with seeking a promotion in the military, this expression originated in the late 1800s and is now applied more widely.
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Congress is attempting to pass the buck on federal funding for education.
President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that read: “The Buck Stops Here.”
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.
G was a gamester, who had but ill-luck; H was a Hunter, who hunted a buck.
We squatted in the long grass and buck-brush, listening, and a few seconds later heard a horse snort distinctly.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The result of this stock-taking shows that eleven volumes were unaccounted-for, a list of which is appended.
At this stock-taking the number unaccounted-for is twenty-two, several of which are quite recent accessions to the Library.
Edna's desire to see Mademoiselle Reisz had increased tenfold since these unlooked-for obstacles had arisen to thwart it.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin