cry for the moon

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cry for the moon

British, informal
:to ask for something that is very difficult or impossible to get
  • The striking workers say they just want to be paid what they're worth. They're not crying for the moon.

Word by Word Definitions

cry play
  1. : to utter loudly : shout

  2. : beg, beseech

  3. : to proclaim publicly : advertise

  1. : an instance of crying: such as

  2. : an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain

  3. : outcry, clamor

  1. : cold : freezing

moon play
  1. : the earth's natural satellite (see satellite 2a) that shines by the sun's reflected light, revolves about the earth from west to east in about 29¹/₂ days with reference to the sun or about 27¹/₃ days with reference to the stars, and has a diameter of 2160 miles (3475 kilometers), a mean distance from the earth of about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers), and a mass about one eightieth that of the earth

  2. : one complete moon cycle consisting of four phases (see 1phase 1)

  3. : satellite

  1. : to spend in idle reverie : dream

  2. : to expose one's naked buttocks to

  3. : to spend time in idle reverie : behave abstractedly


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