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achieve the impossible

To succeed at or overcome a task that is thought (sometimes hyperbolically) to be outside the realm of possibility. People can achieve the impossible if they work together. I felt like I had achieved the impossible when finally I received that promotion last week.
See also: impossible

near to impossible

Of such difficulty as to be or seem almost impossible. Often hyphenated. The promises of the candidate during her presidential campaign are near to impossible to achieve, but they have garnered a huge following of dedicated supporters. The boss keeps setting us near-to-impossible deadlines for these new projects.
See also: impossible, near

be near to impossible

To be of such difficulty as to be or seem almost impossible. The promises of the candidate during her presidential campaign are near to impossible to achieve, but they have garnered a huge following of dedicated supporters.
See also: impossible, near

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Situations that are very challenging or seem hopeless take longer to complete than ones that are merely difficult. Kate is undeterred by any problem I bring her. She truly embraces the idea that difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer.

difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer

Prov. Tasks that are only difficult are done immediately, harder tasks take longer. (Describes a very competent group or person.) The secretary in our office is extremely capable. She has a little sign on her desk that says, "The difficult is done at once; the impossible takes a little longer." In her case, it's not a joke.
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This year's film by Verbeek is 'An Impossibly Small Object' about two young children, friends that must deal with separation from one another.
According to that scenario, banks will gain economies of scale and could eventually shave a few percentage points off their huge spreads--currently more than 40%--which have long made interest rates impossibly high for consumers.
This impossibly short timeline created tension between school districts and tutorial providers right from the start.
Whereas the first was set in various unnamed European cities, this novel takes place in the American rural Midwest; while the first featured labyrinthine sentences of contradiction, retractions, and qualifications, the sentences here are lyrical, liquid, natural, and evocative; where The Impossibly portrayed sophisticated shadow figures engaged in obscure Spy vs.
An impossibly painstaking artist, Bresson made only thirteen movies over forty years, and he never became very popular in this country.
Her 1999 work, For the Time Being, seems at first to be impossibly disjointed, juxtaposing sections on the personal life of the great Jesuit scientist and theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, with bits of Chinese history, Jewish mysticism, observations of nature, facts about natural disasters, descriptions of babies born with terrible genetic defects, a natural history of sand and a catalogue of clouds.
Because of Jake's impossibly short attention span, what ended up happening was all the available media (me, Scot, Gabe, Luke, and Jeff) went through each teams' footage, checking off tricks and voting on questionable ones.
Build a broad knowledge of music and repertoire, learn how to challenge without setting the bar impossibly high; really think about what to teach each student.
These include setting impossibly high standards for everyday home living (including the making of such horrors as cranberry flower frogs and marzipan turkeys) and overexposing herself through an endless stream of self-branded products ranging from magazines to TV shows to furniture.
He said he would not put up a fight to keep what he described as an impossibly difficult job.
Austin writes, "The gender roles may have been constricting and the shoes were impossibly tight across the toes, but it's impossible to deny the now-guilty pleasures [of 1950s courtship rituals] .
Impossibly handsome England skipper (wears ladies' clothes and Bo Derek's hair) marries fabulous luscious pop star to become nation's hottest couple.
By contrast, most new-growth initiatives are starved for funding and held to impossibly high standards of certainty about their payback potential.
To require the plaintiff to provide concrete proof of the municipality's knowledge of the state of disrepair of its roads is to set an impossibly high burden on the plaintiff.
He asks his dancers to make twisted shapes that reconfigure human anatomy, and to perform difficult balances in forced arches, painstakingly slow promenades, impossibly deep, sustained lunges and plies.