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set one's sights on

Have as a goal, as in She's set her sights on law school. This expression alludes to the device on a firearm used for taking aim. [Mid-1900s]

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intend, target, propose, focus, direct, try, design, plan, want, address, mean, essay, attempt, concentrate, level, wish, fix, covet, slant, cast