- While the Mid-Autumn Festival is all about the celestial body that comes in full force for the holiday, you can celebrate its beauty all year round with these phrases
- You’ll be over the moon in love with these sayings when you use them on your next essay or exam
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! As the holiday marks a time to celebrate reunions with family under the full moon, here are 12 idioms to show that you are over the moon.
1. Over the moon
Meaning: extremely pleased or happy
Example: Tom was over the moon when he won the competition.
2. Once in a blue moon
Meaning: not very often or rarely
Example: My mum does not want us to eat too much junk food, so we only have hamburgers once in a blue moon.
3. Reach for the moon / Shoot for the moon
Meaning: to set one’s goals or ambitions very high
Example: Her parents want her to shoot for the moon when planning for her career.
4. Ask for the moon / Cry for the moon
Meaning: to make unreasonable demands
Example: My cousin is asking for the moon – his birthday wish is for tickets to the biggest concert in the city.
5. Promise (somebody) the moon
Meaning: to promise more than what you can do
Example: The journalist promised her editor the moon when she said she would submit her story this week. But even two days after the deadline, she has still been unable to finish.
6. Cast beyond the moon
Meaning: to consider unlikely possibilities
Example: When considering your future career, cast beyond the moon, and be willing to try things outside your comfort zone.
7. Think one hung the moon
Meaning: to think of someone as the best or to view them as perfect
Example: Lynette thinks her father hung the moon because he can always answer her questions and give useful advice.
8. Bark at the moon / howl at the moon
Meaning: to make an appeal that is unlikely to change the situation
Example: When we tell Ivan to focus more on his studies, it is like barking at the moon because he only cares about playing basketball.
9. Love someone to the moon and back
Meaning: to love someone deeply
Example: I love you to the moon and back, so will you marry me?
10. Many moons ago
Meaning: a very long time ago
Example: The last time I saw him was many moons ago, and he still acted like a kid at the time.
11. The moon on a stick
Meaning: to have everything you could want, usually things that are difficult to get
Example: Some parents try their best to satisfy their children’s wishes even if they are asking for the moon on a stick.
12. The moon is made of green cheese
Meaning: when something appears unreal or unlikely
Example: Does Tom really claim to have received the best marks even though he never studies? Right, and the moon is made of green cheese.