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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!
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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!
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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.
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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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You aren't asking for the moon and stars but you are hoping to build trust.
Kenyans are not asking for the moon, but a little empathy from a government out of touch with the reality.
Keeping in view how disparate elements were herded together to provide PTI a majority in Punjab, expecting the CM to deliver is asking for the moon. The government allies have unending demands.
The news of the deal was first reported by (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000001022278/Garafolo-breaks-down-the-terms-of-OBJ-trade-between-Giants-Browns) NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and he revealed that there were several teams in the mix after Giants general manager Dave Gettleman informed interested franchises that they will be "asking for the moon" when it comes to trading Beckham Jr.
The IMF has played hardball to date, asking for the moon in terms of conditionalities.
"We are not asking for the moon," said Amer Abu Khalaf, a 20-year-old business administration student who took part in the protest, saying it aimed to "break the siege and have the world recognise our right to return".
to bank on, that would be asking for the moon. On the other hand, it should be possible for America - encouraged by mature minds and reliable allies - to accept some form of phased, synchronized process that takes advantage of North Korea's undertaking of unprecedented moves to prove its sincerity in wanting to move away from the curse and cost of nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Let us face it, people in this country are not asking for the moon. The question that comes to their simplistic mind is: why can't they leave our country alone?
"We are not asking for the moon. Our demands are very clear and are meant to ensure transparency in the process," PPP parliamentary leader in the Senate Taj Haider says.
We're not asking for the moon but "Yes!" to a CBCP-DU30 constructive "Honeymoon."
He said: "We're not asking for the moon, just for government to make the resources available so that their pay can keep up with inflation."
In this highly commercialised sports world where games are not 'played' but 'fought' like wars, so to get medals by ' hooch' or crook, I perhaps am asking for the moon!
First up was Ian Grant, Falkirk who said: "I believe that Peter Lawwell is doing a great job at Celtic but Kris Commons is not asking for the moon. Commons has said himself he belongs at Celtic.
"You are asking for the moon, we cannot give you the moon," he added.