the world at the time

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anhnha

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My parents left me when I was small, so my baby and I have no one to care for us but him.
When I try to talk to him about things he promises me the world at the time, then later he just ignores it. I just want to be loved again. What should I do to make him understand we need him?
More:My husband used to treat me like princess, but now he just ignores me - Mirror Online

What does "the world at the time" mean in above sentence?
Is this a mistake? I think it may be "the word at the time".
Thank you.


 

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It's 'he promises me the world' - he makes all sorts of extravagant promises;
'at the time' - at the time when you try to talk to him about things.
 

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Can I use "he promises me the moon/the Earth?
I think they have the same meaning.
 

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