Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. […] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
They have a target to finish the project by November.
1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 200,
These four came all afront, and mainly thrust at me. I made me no more ado but took all their seven points in my target, thus.
(obsolete) A shield resembling the Romanscutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22,
The target or buckler was carried by the heavy armed foot, it answered to the scutum of the Romans; its form was sometimes that of a rectangular parallelogram, but more commonly had its bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in its breadth.
Gary Cahill, a target for Arsenal and Tottenham before the transfer window closed, put England ahead early on and Rooney was on target twice before the interval as the early hostility of the Bulgarian supporters was swiftly subdued.