Strive or aim for, as in We're shooting for higher production by spring. This term, alluding to aiming at something with a weapon, has largely replaced the earlier shoot at, which dates from the 1400s.
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was right, so it seems, about getting ashore before the enemy could see to shoot out to sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
That was a considerable sensible commandment of yourn, always to shoot the foremost of the Mexicans when they attacked.
"But I don't see what you can shoot with it," said Davy, feeling that he was somehow getting the worst of the argument.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Thereafter he ran away from school twice, having been seized with a romantic and irresistible desire to see and shoot a lion!Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
The sentinels seemed much alarmed, and drew up their carbines as if to shoot.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn