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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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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.
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.
You are asking for the moon, we cannot give you the moon," he added.
This is a community that's not asking for the moon," said Dennis Borel, executive director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.
They're not asking for the moon but they deserve politicians who take them seriously and promise to deliver.
Reporters have been talking to Lee in his first three seasons in the PBA and were one in saying that it wasn't in his personality to be asking for the moon.
You might earn more over time with a slightly lower rent, she says, because ''that can help you keep your property occupied, versus asking for the moon and then it sits there vacant.
I would like to see a Labour Party that was prepared to take public utilities back into public ownership but to for us to require that would be equivalent to asking for the moon.
But then anyone who expects the gloves to come off in the first two games of a World Chess Championships match is asking for the moon.
To quote Yasser Arafat: 'We are not asking for the moon, all we are asking for is our freedom and our land,'" said the ambassador.
I feel like they're asking for the moon and hoping for the best.
We have a couple of deals on our desk right now where tenants are asking for the moon, and they know they can do that," said Tara Gorman, a real estate attorney with Greenberg Traurig.
The Lebanese majority is not asking for the moon, but simply for the election of a president who can salvage the country, achieve reconciliation among the Lebanese, and return the laurels of the presidency.
It's about the same as was needed for pre-movement testing, which could cost farmers pounds 15 a head, but it was as if we were asking for the moon when we asked for that.
It's truly two energies working together rather than asking for the moon and falling short.