take aim

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take aim (third-person singular simple present takes aim, present participle taking aim, simple past took aim, past participle taken aim)

  1. (intransitive) To position oneself and/or one's weapon so as to be aimed specifically at a chosen mark or target (which is indicated after 'at')
    He took aim at the prize bird meticulously and shot the cock from the distant flock with a single shot.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ [] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, [].
  2. (idiomatic) To direct criticism (towards).
    He needed someone to blame for the bus accident, so took aim at the mechanics who failed to carry out the checks.