Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

gunning for

gunning for
1) determined to obtain something, have it in for someone
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    • gunning for promotion/job/someone
  • Analysis

    To be gunning for someone means to try to harm someone or damage their reputation. Another meaning of to be gunning for something is to try very hard to obtain something to be determined to get a job or to win a prize for example.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. That's the second time Adam has gone behind my back and made up lies about me to the landlord. He's really gunning for me for some reason, I wish I knew why!
    2. I'm gunning to be moved up a level in my class this week. I did really well on my last few tests.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Lucy has volunteered to take charge of all our recent projects, even though that has meant much longer working hours for her. It's obvious that she's gunning for a promotion.
    2. I'm really gunning for the opportunity to represent the company at the town meeting this month.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. As the market leader, every company we're in competition with is gunning for our top spot. We must do all we can to stay ahead of the game!
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