shoot the moon (third-person singular simple present shoots the moon, present participle shooting the moon, simple past and past participle shot the moon)
- To hit the moon, with a rocket or by other means.
- 1958, "Juno's Gold Cone," Time, 15 Dec.,
- The Army, making its first attempt to shoot the moon, had spent weeks fussing over the Juno II, a 60-ton Jupiter IRBM with a spike of high-speed rockets.
- (figuratively, by extension) To attain great heights, a high value, or a numerically high measurement.
- 1981, John DeMott, "Sky-High Interest Rates," Time, 18 May,
- Already orbiting at altitudes unimaginable a few short years ago, interest rates moved even higher last week and threatened to shoot the moon.
- (card games) To achieve the lowest score possible, such that the player is usually rewarded with bonus points.
to achieve the lowest score possible