set one's cap at
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- (idiomatic) To choose a man as a potential husband (for a girl).
- (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".
to choose a man as a potential husband for a girl
to choose something as a goal
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