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shoot the moon

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shoot the moon (third-person singular simple present shoots the moon, present participle shooting the moon, simple past and past participle shot the moon)

  1. 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.
  2. (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.
  3. (card games) To achieve the lowest score possible, such that the player is usually rewarded with bonus points.

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