have designs on something

have designs on something
have designs on something formal phrase
to want something and to be planning a way to get it

The king’s younger brother had designs on the crown.

Thesaurus: to want somethingsynonym
Main entry: design

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have designs on sth idiom
(formal) to be planning to get sth for yourself, often in a way that other people do not approve of

Rumours spread that the Duke had designs on the crown

(= wanted to make himself king)

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Main entry:designidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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