to shoot for the moon

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - shoot for the moon

"to shoot for the moon"

to set your goal very high despite the fact that the chances of achieving the goal may not be very good


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - shoot for the moon

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Today is the day. I am going to ask for a raise.

Colleague 2: That is setting your expectations rather low. Why not shoot for the moon and ask for a promotion, your own office and a company car as well?

Colleague 1: Because the chances of even getting a raise are extremely slim. Getting anything else is just dreaming.

Colleague 2: You will never know if you don't try.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - shoot for the moon

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: There is no way that a girl as pretty and popular as Jenny would ever go out with a guy like me.

Friend 2: Shoot for the moon! What have you got to lose? You will never know if you do not ask her.

Friend 1: Why bother chasing after some impossible dream?

Friend 2: Because if you shoot for the moon and miss, you will still be among the stars.

to shoot for the moon - Usage:


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to shoot for the moon - Gerund Form:

Shooting for the moon, he not only asked for a promotion but a raise and a company car as well.

to shoot for the moon - Examples:

1)  ... but he takes every opportunity to shoot for the moon, jockeying himself into the alpha position.

2)  A tendency to want to shoot for the moon. I often aim high and lose sight of the smaller steps necessary to achieve ...

3)  Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.

4)  I didn't shoot for the moon, but I ended up with a significantly cheaper and better plan than I ...

5)  ... might as well shoot for the moon at the start as tons of money is supposed to be floating out there.

6)  But shoot for the moon, network, show your strengths and work hard to ace any interviews you get ...

7)  The other extreme is to try and shoot for the moon. Everyone is on tenterhooks. There's a risk of failure.

8)  ... it's not impossible. I say shoot for the moon! But be prepared to work for it, because there's no magic formula ...

9)  Start small with your goals. Don't shoot for the moon right away.

10)  In some instances it's great to shoot for the moon, but in others it's better to keep your expectations realistic.

11)  ... shouldn't climate hawks be ambitious? Shouldn't they shoot for the moon? Set a benchmark for what counts a real action?

12)  ... the exchange would be a mistake. You can't shoot for the moon on a deadline like this.

13)  ... a modest amount of money behind a Manhattan Project type effort and shoot for the moon.

14)  ... is likely to be far more productive than the previous approach of shooting for the moon and falling short.

15)  ... with candidates not knowing what they're really cut out for or shooting for the moon, it really is surprising the right person ever gets hired at all. 

16)  Long term RIDICULOUS goal was 169. I mean that was like shooting for the moon. Something you shoot for but know it is not really within reach.

17)  What would happen if we shot for the moon when it comes to our intimate relationship and make this partnership our highest priority?

18)  ... were shown jet packs and flying cars as a few brilliant individuals shot for the moon.

19)  Shoot for the moon! Impossible is nothing! Just do it! And other pieces of advice that could easily pass as brand slogans.

20)  Then it was the always fun, no-holds-barred, shoot-for-the-moon freestyle.