English Idiom - Shoot the Moon

English Idiom - Shoot the Moon

Today's English idiom is shoot the moon or shoot for the moon. The meaning is to try something really ambitious or challenging, to have very big goals. It's impossible to actually shoot the moon, but some people say "If you shoot for the moon and miss, you will land among the stars." This means, if you have very high goals and you don't achieve them, you may still achieve something else great. Common synonyms for shoot the moon are go for broke and aim high.  

Examples

When my aunt plays cards, she really shoots the moon and bets a lot.

They already offered you the job. When they ask what kind of salary you want, you may as well shoot the moon and ask for more than you expect.

When I was a kid, my parents always taught me to dream big and shoot the moon.


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