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

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

: 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.

Word by Word Definitions

promise play
  1. : a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified

  2. : a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act

  3. : reason to expect something

  1. : to pledge to do, bring about, or provide

  2. : warrant, assure

  3. : betroth

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

star play stars
  1. : a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night

  2. : a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions

  3. : a planet or a configuration of the planets that is held in astrology to influence one's destiny or fortune

  1. : to sprinkle or adorn with stars

  2. : to mark with a star as being preeminent

  3. : to mark with an asterisk

  1. : of, relating to, or being a star

  2. : of outstanding excellence : preeminent

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

earth play
  1. : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe

  2. : the sphere of mortal life as distinguished from spheres of spirit life — compare heaven, hell

  3. : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air

  1. : to drive to hiding in the earth

  2. : to draw soil about (plants)

  3. : ground

world play
  1. : the earthly state of human existence

  2. : life after death

  3. : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

  1. : of or relating to the world

  2. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

  3. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world


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