Definition of out to in US English:

out to


  • Keenly striving to.

    ‘they were out to impress’
    • ‘We need people who are fair and not just out to look after their personal interests.’
    • ‘So, do you ever have days when you find the inanimate objects in your house are out to get you?’
    • ‘He always sounds as if he's out to impress people.’
    • ‘Six months ago I would have thought that cute little thing was a killer and out to get me.’
    • ‘Most clubbers are out to have a good time and head for home at the end of the night.’