cry/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

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!
See also: cry, 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!
See also: ask, moon

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 (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, 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