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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It needs to do a lot more to protect them from investment products that promise the world and deliver nothing but misery.
Welcome to what a labour government does every time it's in power promise the world but absolutely no way of paying for it !
"I'm not going to stand here and promise the world but I do feel we are a team on an upward curve."
Voting for selfserving, disingenuous politicians, who "promise the world" before taking office and then promptly betray the electorate shortly afterwards, is a largely pointless, short-term exercise.
He equates the experience with that of politicians who promise the world but later become elusive.
The advisers to a small company will help to shape their expectations and not promise the world to investors.
With local elections just around the corner it is likely we will hear more prospective politicians promise the world only to retract when in office.
We can't promise the world and a big shake-up but we want to entertain and give them something to be proud of.
Gareth Brown said: "Labour can promise the world if they win the election but they won't win the election.
But these complex agreements still carry a health warning - risks which mean thousands of recession-hit Midland homeowners must be on their guard - both ?nancially and legally - from slick ?nancial sales people who promise the world but deliver something that's very different.
I've seen a lot of brokers promise the world and then [not deliver]."
Trevor Sidebottom, managing director of Far nborough International, said: "We can promise the world's aerospace industry an exciting and dynamic event this year, with growth and innovation in every area of the show as we continue our long-term drive to maintain the Farnborough show as the leading global aerospace marketing event."
With Scotland the visitors in a Euro qualifier tonight, U-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd fears other nations will "promise the world" to get his emerging stars to switch allegiance.
How can someone come up and promise the world to Newcastle then stab Kevin Keegan and the people of Newcastle in the back?