promise (one) the world

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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.
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Politicians have a habit of promising the world to get elected.
I and my neighbours suffered the usual deluge of pre-election junk mail, promising the world to anyone daft enough to believe them.
We made the figures of the budget and we are promising the world that if the World Cup took place in June, July, it's going to be one of the most enjoyable World Cups forever.
We are not interested (in moving the World Cup) - we are very happy and we are promising the world that we are going to organise an amazing World Cup in June and July.
And PM Gordon Brown urged African leaders to unite in condemning him - promising the world would pump money into Zimbabwe if democracy was restored.
Yes, the explosive scandal which the 32FF glamour model has been promising the world is just a damp squib.