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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.
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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 (one) the world

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 world and then inevitably fail to deliver.
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promise to

1. To give one a solemn pledge or assurance that one will do something. You promised to cut the lawn today! Sorry, I can't come with you tonight. I promised to take my little sister to the movies.
2. To give one a solemn pledge or assurance that someone can have something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "promise" and "to" to specify what has been promised. Jenny promised her baseball card collection to me when she moves. I can't give this to you—I promised it to my nephew.
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promise something to someone

to pledge something to someone. I promised this vase to my niece. Is this book promised to anyone?
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The album begins and ends promisingly, with the snotty pop-punk reminiscence "Doll" and the lighters-in-the-air anthem "Mirrorball Prophecy," but the remaining originals never quite ignite.
The conclusion of the exhibition is titled, promisingly, "The Angel of History: Melancholy and Modern Times," but the didactic texts for the show are vague on the subject, and the art struggles to rise to the implication of melancholy as a force of historical proportions.
Hadot begins promisingly by examining how early Christian apologists were able to understand Christianity as the philosophy "because it was a style of life and a mode of being, just as ancient philosophy was" (though here again the centrality of the search for truth ought to be asserted).
Closing the festival, Francois Ozon's French megahit 8 femmes begins promisingly with its eye-popping approximation of 1950s Technicolor extravaganzas.
RINGER'S EARLY CAREER STARTED PROMISINGLY WHEN Jerome Robbins cast her in several of his ballets, including Interplay and The Concert.
The final poem in Multitudes signals that the collection is not just a gallery of Weaver's "best poems," but rather the narration of the poet's journey from a relative conservatism of utterance to a promisingly oral-rooted openness.
Events had moved so quickly and promisingly in Korea because of Kim's work that in February there was actually talk of a peace treaty to formally end decades of hostility, discussions about including North Korea in the South's electric power grid, and planning for a summer summit meeting in Seoul.
The evening had started so promisingly for Michael O'Neill's side, with Dean Shiels claiming his first international goal in the 14th minute.
Things started promisingly for Michael O'Neill's side, with Dean Shiels (above left) claiming his first international goal with a deft finish in the 14th minute.
Murray began the fight promisingly and there was little between him and Rios in the early rounds.
New Zealand started the match promisingly, with Kate Broadmore knocking the top off the Indian batting lineup and the rest of the attack chipping in at regular intervals as the final five Indian wickets fell for just 16 runs.
The gelding shaped promisingly on his debut when a close third at Wolverhampton last month and can put that experience to good use here, with the drop back to 6f expected to suit.
This begins promisingly with the abduction of an FBI agent, but struggles to sustain tension as it becomes more like a film version of CSI.