promise (one) the moon

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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 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 someone the moon (or earth)

promise something that is unattainable. British
1998 New Scientist Scientists tend to promise taxpayers the moon, and then not deliver.
See also: moon, promise, someone

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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Inform them of the reality of their mundane lives and they will turn on you, but they will love you, if you promise them the moon.
Consumers, it seems, are getting sick and in some rare cases even dying from taking certain supplements that promise them the moon, but often end up giving them nothing more than heartache and illness.
So you can promise them the moon without it costing the earth, leaving lots to spend on flowers, choccies, or something ever-so-slightly naughty!