cry for the moon

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cry for the moon

To make an impractical or unreasonable request, especially one that is unlikely to happen. Oh, you want a later curfew, huh? Well, you're crying for the moon—11 o'clock is late enough!
See also: cry, moon

cry (or ask) for the moon

ask for what is unattainable or impossible. British
The moon in this expression, which dates from the mid 16th century, stands for something distant and unattainable, as it does in promise someone the moon below.
See also: cry, moon

cry/ask for the ˈmoon

(also want the ˈmoon) (British English, informal) want or ask for something you cannot get, or something that will not be given to you: Is it asking for the moon to hope for peace in this country?I don’t want the moon; I just want him to listen to me for once.
See also: ask, cry, moon
References in classic literature ?
I have brought in armfuls, the picking is such a delight, and every pot and bowl and tub in the house is filled with purple glory, and the servants think there is going to be a party and are extra nimble, and I go from room to room gazing at the sweetness, and the windows are all flung open so as to join the scent within to the scent without; and the servants gradually discover that there is no party, and wonder why the house should be filled with flowers for one woman by herself, and I long more and more for a kindred spirit-- it seems so greedy to have so much loveliness to oneself--but kindred spirits are so very, very rare; I might almost as well cry for the moon.
He was a mere child in the world, but he didn't cry for the moon.
Ascot beckons Jim Culloty has the Ascot Stakes in mind for Cry For The Moon, last year's Irish Cesarewitch runner-up, who is seeking back-to-back hurdle wins following his victory at Gowran this month.
And Jim Culloty's Cry For The Moon might defy a 13lb rise for a cosy success at Gowran Park in the Niall McCarthy Memorial Handicap Hurdle.
The nap of the night is Cry For The Moon in the Niall McCarthy Memorial Handicap Hurdle (6.
00)lookswideopenbut Cry For The Moon, whowas lastseenchasinghomeMinsk attheCurragh,shouldbeabig playeroffamarkofjust92.
Last summer, Minsk registered his first success off a mark of 76 and progressed to slam Cry For The Moon in the Irish Cesarewitch, off a mark of 93, when wearing the colours of Barry Connell for the first time.
Jim Culloty, trainer of Cry For The Moon "He's been consistent and is in good form.
CRY For The Moon gets the nap vote to win the second day feature at the Killarney Festival, the www.
Jim Culloty, trainer of Cry For The Moon "He's been very consistent and as a result the handicapper is constantly stepping him up - and it's probably why he has won only once this season.
Cry For The Moon stayed on for second ahead of Table Mountain, while 9-2 joint-favourites Natural High and Oneeightofamile finished seventh and eleventh respectively.
Jim Culloty, trainer of Cry For The Moon "He gets the trip, will like the ground and handled Galway okay when he ran at the track last year.
Cry For The Moon, a winner over three furlongs shorter at Navan last month, looks on a competitive mark with recent Fairyhouse 1m4f winner Kalann, who should also appreciate this step up in trip.
Shane Foley rode an 83-1 double courtesy of Cry For The Moon, who won the 1m5f apprentice handicap in impressive style, and Footcycle, successful in the concluding 1m handicap.
Leaves You Baby was supported from 8-1 into 7-2 favouritism in the concluding 1m4f handicap, but Michael Halford's charge could only finish sixth behind Keep It Cool, who held off the thundering late burst of Cry For The Moon under Billy Lee.