ask for the moon

ask for the moon

To make requests or demands that are (or are perceived to be) extraordinary or unreasonable. I just asked them if we could go to lunch a little earlier, and they're acting like I'm asking for the moon! I'm not taking out all the green jellybeans for him, he's asking for the moon!
See also: ask, moon

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!
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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

ask for the moon

If you ask for the moon, you ask for something that you cannot possibly have. We're not asking for the moon, just a pay-rise in line with inflation. Note: Sometimes people say cry for the moon with the same meaning. I'm afraid that you're crying for the moon — it's simply not realistic.
See also: ask, moon

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, moon
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Apart from the splendour of the night sky, the great sense of discovery as we try to identify those we can, the stars give us romance - remember Betty Davis "Don't let's ask for the moon.
The son of Kris S, who is out of the Miswaki mare Spring Flight, sired three Group 1 winners - Aoife Alainn, Ask For The Moon and Shamdinan - during his seasons at Highclere Stud but it is as a broodmare sire that he is now flourishing, with his daughters already responsible for six black-type performers this year.
It isn't unusual for customers to ask for the moon to see how much the program manager will compromise.
To enter a Sephora shop is to discover the latest trends, play in one's free time, experiment with perfumes, meet up, fall in love with a lipstick, get in a fluster, ask for the moon, surrender yourself to fantasiesC* and feel happy.
We could ask for the moon because there is a lot we need and could ask for," she said.
You can ask for the moon if you want to, but the moon is not going to be there," Rep.
We want to avoid what's happened in the past, where departments ask for the moon and present unrealistic budgets.
It astounds me he agreed to let me do it but it was in that first-flush-lust stage when you can ask for the moon, the stars and a joint credit card and, as long as you're horizontal and naked, your wish will be granted.
or Bette Davis's ``Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon, we have the stars,'' from Now Voyager.
Astrology iii Galileo (sire)-Ask For The Moon (Dr Fong) Bred by A-Mark Racing Et Al By a Derby winner, the colt's dam Ask For The Moon won the Prix Penelope and Prix Saint-Alary over 1m2f.
Trainer Mike Machowsky put up $3,000 of owner John Amerman's money to make Fencelineneighbor a supplemental nominee for the San Gorgonio, anticipating that the weather would force the 1 1/8-mile race off the turf course and prompt the withdrawals of Megahertz and Ask for the Moon.
Frankly, if Jansen waits until he is able to walk into McCann's office and plonk the championship trophy on the managing director's desk he could ask for the moon and be confident of having it delivered gift wrapped.
Also from the family of Ask For The Moon and Celimene, the colt was consigned by Antoine Lepeudry's Haras de Tourgeville.
The colt, who looks Classic material, is out of the winning Inchinor mare Lockup, from the further family of top-class fillies Ask For The Moon and Celimene.
McCabe has ridden many pacemakers and outsiders for O'Brien and Astrology, a son of Galileo and Group 1 winner Ask For The Moon, was his first victory since he won on the Prunella Dobbs-trained Mystic Mayfly at Sligo in 2007.