/an aim or desired result/
A little lexical probe into the present word throws us into a game of soccer as far as the Oxfords would have it when one takes a peep at words closer to this nimbus in an entrapment of a word chase. Would we not agree that any game or sport for that matter, that is if we wish to be elegant, is a gamble? And so is the future.
On those last moments of the previous year; at that instance mixed with loathing if not longing of the year that had been, sandwiched in a tinged of regrets, failure and lassitude and by 1Cornelius (George is overrated) a shooting star might have streaked its tail in the heavens as you wished for a somewhat better year that would cometh. Inevitably New Year dawned.