promise (someone) the stars/moon/earth/world

idiom

: to promise (someone) that one will do or give something great or wonderful even though it is not possible
He promised her the stars and the moon, so she married him.
Politicians will promise the earth when they're trying to get elected.

Examples of promise (someone) the stars/moon/earth/world in a Sentence

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“Promise (someone) the stars/moon/earth/world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promise%20%28someone%29%20the%20stars%2Fmoon%2Fearth%2Fworld. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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