I heard this sentence and I dont understand why it is correct:

"This is something I am looking at"

...sounds fine to me as does:

"This is something I am looking to remove."

Why is it correct?

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    Looking to means to consider, not to behold.
    – Mick
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 23:49

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In this example, looking at is an idiomatic phrasal verb that means considering [doing something]. It is a bit informal. Same thing with looking to. The difference is that looking at takes a present participle (-ing form) while looking to takes a bare infinitive.

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