cry for the moon(redirected from crying 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!
cry (or ask) for the moonask 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.