promise the (world/earth/moon)

Meaning(s)

1. promise someone something extravagant that is neither possible nor feasible

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promise the world/earth/moon to get someone to do something

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To promise someone the world, promise someone the Earth or promise someone the moon are all hyperbolic idiomatic statements which exaggerate someone's claims or overestimate what they can deliver. 

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  1. Politicians have a tendency to promise the earth when they're running for election, and then fail to deliver if they win.
  2. The internet provider promised the moon over the phone when I purchased a subscription but now our Internet keeps dropping and our connection is terrible.

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  1. If you keep promising your clients the moon to get their business, soon no one will trust you.
  2. My boss promised me the world to get me to sign a new contract, but it was all a pack of lies.

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