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English definition of “shoot for/at sth”

shoot for/at sth

US phrasal verb with shoot     /ʃuːt/ verb (shot, shot)
to try to do something: It's worth taking chances when you're shooting at a chance of fame and wealth.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
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