ask for the moon

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ask for the moon

Fig. to make outlandish requests or demands for something, such as a lot of money or special privileges. She's asking for the moon, and she's not going to get it. Don't ask for the moon. Be reasonable!
See also: ask, moon

ask/cry for the moon

to want something that is not possible (usually in continuous tenses) There's no point hoping for a permanent peace in the area. It's like asking for the moon.
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ask for the moon

Make an unreasonable demand, request the unattainable, as in $1,000 for her birthday? Mary might as well be asking for the moon. This hyperbolic idiom appeared in the mid-1800s in slightly different form. Charles Dickens had it as cry for the moon (in Bleak House, 1852) and William Makepeace Thackeray as wish for the moon (in Lovell the Widower, 1860). Today ask is the most common version.
See also: ask, moon
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Jim and Dot's wedding was the best thing on telly in 2002 and I wept several times, not least when Dot did her Bette Davis line - "let's not wish for the moon when we can settle for the stars".