set one's cap at

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from French nautical expression ‘mettre le cap sur’, ‘to set a course for’. [1]

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Verb[edit]

set one's cap at

  1. (idiomatic) To choose a man as a potential husband (for a girl).
  2. (idiomatic, more generally) To choose something as a goal.
    How he has escaped marriage until now I cannot tell: the number of caps set in his direction would furnish a warehouse.Patrick O'Brian, "HMS Surprise".

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