(to) Set your sights on
Today’s English for football phrase is to set your sights on. This means to have a goal, to decide you want to do something. It has a much stronger feeling than ‘want to’. If you set your sights on something it means it is your target and that you will try hard to achieve it. The phrase is made up of the noun sights and the verb to set. Sights are used on guns and the person shooting the gun looks through the sights at the target. To set means to fix, to decide. This week’s headlines report that Brazilian Daniel Alves has set his sights on Chelsea, meaning he wants to make a move to the Blues. Another example may be, Everton have set their sights on a top four finish this season.
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