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File down his sights

Posted by Henry on February 17, 2004

In Reply to: File down his sights posted by ESC on February 17, 2004

: : What does the phrase "he filed down his sights" or "I've got to file down my sights" mean? I know it's a metaphor, and I know it's language taken from riflery. But that's as far as I can get with it. Thank you.

: I've looked in several references and found "zero."

The result of filing down the fore sight would be to aim lower. This corresponds to being less ambitious. Does this fit the context?