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    "ask for the moon" and "cry for the moon"

    Hello.

    ask for the moon or Brit cry for the moon
    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 asking for the moon.

    Since "cry for the moon" is BE, don't AE speakers use it? Do BE speakers use both "ask for the moon" and "cry for the moon"? Do you say "reach for the moon"?

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    Re: "ask for the moon" and "cry for the moon"

    I've never heard cry for the moon in AmE.

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    Re: "ask for the moon" and "cry for the moon"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I've never heard cry for the moon in AmE.
    I agree with Konungursvia. I've never heard it for NaE.

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    Re: "ask for the moon" and "cry for the moon"

    Do you say "reach for the moon"?

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    Re: "ask for the moon" and "cry for the moon"

    Yes, and I think that implies following a dream, or sometimes, a futile act.

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