promise the moon/earth/world

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promise (one) the moon

To promise one something that cannot be done. Your clients will come to distrust you if you keep promising them the moon.
See also: moon, promise

promise the moon (to someone)

 and promise someone the moon
to make extravagant promises to someone. Bill will promise you the moon, but he won't live up to his promises. My boss promised the moon, but never gave me a raise.
See also: moon, 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

promise the moon

If someone promises the moon, they promise to do or give things that they cannot in fact give. Politicians promise the moon at election time, but do they deliver once they're elected?
See also: moon, 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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He equates the experience with that of politicians who promise the world but later become elusive.
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Gareth Brown said: "Labour can promise the world if they win the election but they won't win the election.
I've seen a lot of brokers promise the world and then [not deliver].
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How can someone come up and promise the world to Newcastle then stab Kevin Keegan and the people of Newcastle in the back?
A minority, however, promise the world but, when their pet has recovered, or the situation has been resolved, deliver nothing.
The Liberals will promise the world and deliver mud - they have no idea how much their re-worked Conservative proposals will cost, but at least they admit this privately.
They will promise the world when visiting areas like Derby but as soon as they get back to London, they will cut your throat and enjoy doing it.