promise (one) the earth

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promise (one) the earth

To promise one 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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Our national politicians promise us the Earth and a declining number of us wearily march off to vote for them knowing they cannot possibly deliver.
HAS it ever occurred to any of you readers How our past and present political leaders Can never seem to get things right Though try and try and try as they might They promise us the earth today And maybe the moon tomorrow But all they leave behind them Is doubt, grief and sorrow We vote them into power Then regret it for years to come That old saying is very true There is nothing beneath the sun When will we, each in turn Ever, ever, ever learn?
They promise us the earth to get our vote and then we never see them;
Jupiter can promise us the Earth and make us think we have a divine right to it at the same time.
They may promise us the earth - but we shouldn't let the fly guys keep putting the squeeze on their customers.