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achieve the impossible

To succeed at or overcome a task that is thought (sometimes hyperbolically) to be outside the realm of possibility. People can achieve the impossible if they work together. I felt like I had achieved the impossible when finally I received that promotion last week.
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near to impossible

Of such difficulty as to be or seem almost impossible. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) The promises of the candidate during her presidential campaign are near to impossible to achieve, but they have garnered a huge following of dedicated supporters. The boss keeps setting us near-to-impossible deadlines for these new projects.
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be near to impossible

To be of such difficulty as to be or seem almost impossible. The promises of the candidate during her presidential campaign are near to impossible to achieve, but they have garnered a huge following of dedicated supporters.
See also: impossible, near

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Prov. Tasks that are only difficult are done immediately, harder tasks take longer. (Describes a very competent group or person.) The secretary in our office is extremely capable. She has a little sign on her desk that says, "The difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer." In her case, it's not a joke.
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Most of the 25 original candidates came from impossibly hip professions, including a hockey player, an art designer, a brew-pub owner and a personal trainer.
Pros: Finnigan manages an almost impossibly deftly winning performance that treads a keen tightwire between hard-core prosecutor and sympathetic mother.
As was true for all those with loved ones in Manhattan, it was only through a tangle of almost impossibly busy circuits that I was in contact with friends, grateful to hear the voices of those people who lend richness and dimension to my life.
These movies followed one successful formula, Day explains: "A ne'er-do-well bachelor in an impossibly glamorous job meets the one woman who could elevate him, basically to monogamy.
Ballard doesn't overdo the cuteness (and the cheetah cub is impossibly adorable) earlier in the film, and he doesn't soft-pedal the dangers when they present themselves.
Wild angles of variegated greens, slashed by others in umber and black, almost all impossibly springing from a kind of trapdoor, take over every part of the surface.
Draped in stretch fabric with tridentlike combs lancing her impossibly oversize jet-black bun, Martha sucks in the spotlight, strikes a classic Graham pose, and delivers actual excerpts from the original diva's notebooks.
Because CDs are a favored investment tool for seniors, ads have been placed around the state offering impossibly high rates on CDs that are purported to be FDIC-insured.
But then what, exactly, is their plan for bringing traffic relief to our most impossibly congested freeway?
Three of the paintings in her second one-person show were of snowy Alps with impossibly blue skies behind them--blown-up souvenir postcards of a stereotypical sublimity.
What's more, I've had conversations with women with impossibly large breasts and slim noses who say, "Ouch
Without a decent, affordable place to live, the poor face homelessness, impossibly high rent payments, and dependence on food banks and charities to feed their families.
But higher standards - even ones that are supposedly impossibly high - can go a long way toward overcoming the institutional lethargy.
This particular case seems to involve Vaisman's narcissistic fantasy of himself as the impossibly perfect martyr of a (failed?
He kept finding passages in Hallie's testimony before Congress that he wanted to add, and he would hand me an impossibly difficult speech to do two hours before I had to film it.