- To shoot for the moon: To be very ambitious.
- Over the moon: Delighted about something - maybe shooting for the
Moon proved successful!
- Crying for the moon: Longing for what is beyond reach,
The French have a similar expression,
Il veut prendre la lune avec
les dents, meaning he wants to take the Moon
between his teeth,
from the old story about the Moon being made of green cheese.
- It's all Moonshine: It's nonsense, imagination, caused by the effects of the
Moon on the mind.
- I know as much about it as the Man In The Moon: I know nothing.
- For moonshine in the water: For nothing.
- The Moon is made of green cheese: A term from the sixteenth century. "Green"
refers not to
the color of the moon, but to new immature cheese. Round like the
shape of the moon with a mottled
surface and color similar to that of the moon.
- Moon about: To wander listlessly, especially if in love.
- Once in a blue Moon: Very, very, rarely!
- To Moon Over: To think about something or someone.
- "To the moon, Alice!" - Famous threat used by Ralph Cramden (Jackie
Gleason) to his wife Alice.
- Minions of the Moon: Night-time thieves. Also known as 'Moon's men",
referring to highwaymen.
- To find an elephant in the Moon: Something that seems like a great
discovery, but is not! The phrase
came about when a
seventeenth century man proclaimed with much pride that he had discovered
elephant on the Moon. It turned out that a mouse had crept into his
telescope, and he had mistaken
it for an elephant.
- The man in the Moon: Said by some to be a man carrying a bundle of
sticks collected on the Sabbath.
Some say he also has a dog with him. Another
version is that the man is actually Cain, with his dog and
thorns symbolize the fall, and the dog represents the foul, animal side'of man.
He has also
been said to be Endymion, taken to the Moon by Diana.
Also meaning to see human face-like features
on the moons surface.
- Diana's Worshipers: A name given to midnight revelers. They come home
by moonlight, and so
put themselves under her protection.
- Casting beyond the Moon: To make wild speculations.