reach/shoot for the moon

Definition of reach/shoot for the moon

:to try to do or get something that is very difficult to do or get
  • an ambitious businessman who is always shooting for the moon

Word by Word Definitions

reach play
  1. : to stretch out : extend

  2. : thrust

  3. : to touch or grasp by extending a part of the body (such as a hand) or an object

  1. : a continuous stretch or expanse

  2. : the action or an act of reaching

  3. : an individual part of a progression or journey

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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