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reach for the moon | reach for the stars

Meaning: If you reach for the moon, or reach for the stars, you are aiming to achieve something great, or do something very challenging.

For example:

  • Ever since he was a little boy, Gustav had reached for the moon. It was as if he'd somehow known that he would do great things in his life.

  • Her father always wanted Sylvia to reach for the stars, but Sylvia just wanted to play with her pets and run around in the woods.

Quick Quiz:

Ever since she was a teenager Marylin had been reaching for the moon. She had dreams of being
  1. an amateur astronomer
  2. a famous movie star
  3. a farmer's wife

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