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!
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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, for, moon
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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, for, moon
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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. It is true that my garden is full of friends, only they are--dumb.
He was a mere child in the world, but he didn't cry for the moon. He said to the world, "Go your several ways in peace!
Tunsgate alone has numerous independents like Kalm Kitchen, Positano and jewellers Cry For The Moon, but there's also places like Corkage, the Bear Garden and the recently re-opened Moffats, plus the stalls in the market that are all worth checking out.
CRY FOR THE MOON is a sporting nap choice in the [euro]50,000 Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle on today's rescheduled Galway card.
Travelling wide throughout, she cruised into the lead on the 5-4 fav, and despite opposition of the quality of Forpadydeplasterer and Staying Article, Go Native sprinted clear to beat Cry For The Moon by six and a half lengths in the 1m6f Flat heat.
CRY FOR THE MOON can return to form in the Jack Duggan Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Gowran this afternoon.
"Cry for the Moon" tells the story of one Zach and his family of werewolves.
SANDOWN: 5.50 Fleeting Echo, 6.20 Cry For The Moon, 6.50 Roar Of Applause, 7.25 The Fonz, 8.00 Racing Hero, 8.35 Leocorno.
NAOMI MATTHEW: 5.50 Fleeting Echo, 6.20 Cry For The Moon, 6.50 Roar Of Applause, 7.25 The Fonz, 8.00 Racing Hero, 8.35 Leocorno.
Cry For The Moon 6.50 .........Roar Of Applause 7.25........................
The Jim Culloty-trained Cry For The Moon has filled the runner-up berth on his last three visits to Galway, including the last two renewals of this race - he was beaten four lengths by Fosters Cross in 2011 and chased home Midnight Music 12 months ago.
THERE is a case to be made for festival regular Cry For The Moon (below) dreading Galway.
O'Connor is particularly looking forward to partnering the Jim Culloty-trained Cry For The Moon, who aims to go one better than 12 months ago in today's Connacht Hotel Handicap.
His success on the Flat at Galway last month was really impressive, making a good stayer in Cry For The Moon look ordinary.