promise (one) the earth

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promise (one) the earth

To promise someone something that is not feasible or cannot be done. Your clients will come to distrust you if you keep promising them the earth and then inevitably fail to deliver.
See also: earth, promise

promise the earth

If someone promises the earth, they promise to give people things that they cannot in fact possibly give them. `Politicians have lost credibility,' he complained, `they promise the earth and don't deliver.'
See also: earth, promise
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WHEN Martin O'Neill persuaded Joos Valgaeren to leave FC Roda in July he didn't promise him the earth.
GETTING SHIRTY: Jonas Gutierrez and Charles N'Zogbia There are some terrible people and agents in and around the game who do things like that, ring a player up and promise him the earth, say 'I can do the deal', and they are not even their agent.