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promise (one) the moon

To promise one something that cannot be done. Your clients will come to distrust you if you keep promising them the moon.
See also: moon, promise

promise (one) the earth

To promise one something that is not feasible or cannot be done. Your clients will come to distrust you if you keep promising them the earth and then inevitably fail to deliver.
See also: earth, promise

promise (one) the world

To promise one something that is not feasible or cannot be done. Your clients will come to distrust you if you keep promising them the world and then inevitably fail to deliver.
See also: promise, world

promise to

1. To give one a solemn pledge or assurance that one will do something. You promised to cut the lawn today! Sorry, I can't come with you tonight. I promised to take my little sister to the movies.
2. To give one a solemn pledge or assurance that someone can have something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "promise" and "to" to specify what has been promised. Jenny promised her baseball card collection to me when she moves. I can't give this to you—I promised it to my nephew.
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promise something to someone

to pledge something to someone. I promised this vase to my niece. Is this book promised to anyone?
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She observes that there are times when wrongly promising makes it morally obligatory to do as promised, and she classifies the relevant instances of Nepotism as being among those times (177, 177 n.
These con artists often claim to be working hand-in-hand with law enforcement authorities and prey on the victims' ultimate desire to recoup the losses they incurred, perhaps from the very telemarketers now promising to help.
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