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.
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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?
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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.
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We must dream big but I cannot promise you the moon because I am not a merchant of dreams and I am not a politician.
Every vendor will promise you the moon to get in the door; unfortunately, hospitals sometimes discover that lofty assurances can be deceiving.
Many will make a stance and promise you the moon and the stars]," Aquino said in his speech.
People are quick to promise you the moon but they won't live up to their promises.
Labour would promise you the moon to get re-elected.