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Mean to acquire a first-class figure (3)

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aim

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Here is my best explanation:

'mean' is the definition.

(aiming is a kind of meaning)

'acquire a first-class figure' is the subsidiary indication.

'a first' indicates taking the first letters.

'class figure' becomes 'im' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).

The initial letter of 'acquire' is 'a'.

'a'+'im'='aim'

'to' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for aim that I've seen before include "Direct; intention", "road?", "Set sights on, target or goal", "End", "Point (a camera)", "Objective", "Attempt", "Intention; point", "end" and "Ambition or goal".)

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