promise the earth


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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

promise (somebody) the ˈmoon/ˈearth/ˈworld

(informal) make very big or impossible promises that you are unlikely to keep: He promised her the moon, but after ten years of marriage they hardly had enough to live on.
See also: earth, moon, promise, world
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It seems that they didn't expect to get the award, so they could promise the earth.
IHAD to plead, cajole and promise the Earth to get my husband to Kent for a week's caravanning but it was so worthwhile once we got there.
They promise the earth, and they offer us ``bread and circuses''.
I'm forever in search of the perfect mascara and have spend far too much on ones that promise the earth but then clog with the worst of them.
The SNP promise the earth on public services, welfare, pensions and an oil fund off the back of oil and gas revenues - yet the OBR's figures make clear that revenue from the North Sea is declining now and over the long term.
What we need at every level of public life are professional politicians who promise the earth and deliver dust.
Some would say that to achieve it you need at least 873 products which promise the earth - like make you look 15 years younger, two decades firmer and a lifetime more interesting.
The White Swan Centre in Killingworth is asking people to make a small difference to their lifestyle to help protect the environment and promise the earth for United Nations World Environment Day on 5th June 2006.
Balls can't promise the Earth but he should be worried about responses to his big speech.
They will never be in power, so their candidate can promise the earth safe in the knowledge that his party will never have the responsibility of delivering results.
A company like Connex can promise the earth, but if they can't deliver they're worthless.
I wonder who is now going to have the guts to take on a job with employers who promise the earth then refuse to make any changes and when things fall apart, make them the scapegoat.
These are vital services for people and it exposes the real truth about the SNP - they promise the earth in election campaigns but deliver cuts when they are in power.