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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He might promise you the earth to get back together, but after two months you'll probably be back to square one again.
You can spent a lot of ime on people who waste your time, promise you the earth and deliver next to nothing.
SOmeOne yOu meet in a prOfessiOnal situatiOn can prOmise yOu the earth, and mean it.
These scammers or con-artists are here today and gone tomorrow, they'll promise you the earth, charge you for it and then disappear moments after your payment has been made leaving you with nothing in exchange.
Some will promise you the earth - but, remember, it's your right to cancel.
They will promise you the earth and then leave you high and dry, once you have parted with your cash.
When you do dump him, he'll probably promise you the Earth, but don't fall for it.
But there, they promise you the earth before the election and you get nothing in the end.
People will promise you the earth if they think it's likely to get you to agree to what they are asking.
THEY promise you the earth but give you nothing more than some worthless mud.