cracked up to be

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cracked up to be

"cracked up to be"

supposed or expected to be


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cracked up to be

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I thought you said this was the best pizza in the city.

Friend 2:  Why?  Don't you like it?

Friend 1:  It's not what you cracked it up to be.

Friend 2:  I'm sorry you think it is not as good as I said.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cracked up to be

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I hear we are getting a new CEO. She is supposed to be really good. She is supposed to transform the company.

Colleague 2:  Well, let's hope she is all that she is cracked up to be. The company is in real trouble and could use someone spectacular in the highest leadership position.

cracked up to be - Usage:


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cracked up to be - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for cracked up to be.

cracked up to be - Examples:

1)  ... low in saturated fat might not be all they are cracked up to be in terms of heart health, according to a new research.

2)  The wine industry is not as romantic as it's cracked up to be. For most people it's a factory job.

3)  If Matthews, touted as another generational talent, is all he's cracked up to be, he should be a major catalyst in turning around the fortunes ...

4)  is that the dream of having a bottomless budget might not be all it's cracked up to be. It offers far too much choice, and easy solutions ...

5)  Stuff, including riches, ain't all it's cracked up to be. You need look no further than the ne'er-do-well offspring of billionaires ...

6)  Having a brother as a league-changing force is not all it's cracked up to be.

7)  But is his apparent promise all it's cracked up to be? Here's why people aren't so sure.

8)  ... maybe money really isn't as big of an influence in politics as it's cracked up to be.

9)  ... the researchers say, the legend of Mother Teresa may not be all it's cracked up to be.

10)  But the internet is not all it is cracked up to be when it comes to finding love, according to Andrew and Cathy ...

11)  The thing is, though, that eternal life is not all it's cracked up to be. Permanent existence comes with no accompanying elixir of youth: ...

12)  ... sometimes I'm not sure those 'good old days' were everything they were cracked up to be.

13)  ... takes a closer look to see whether this is all it's cracked up to be.

14)  ... don't appear to quantify the full problem. Is it all that it's cracked up to be, or will it go up in smoke?

15)  The City of Light isn't all it's cracked up to be. it's not this perfect, amazing place.

16)  But are these commercial brands of nut milk really all they're cracked up to be, as far as their nutritional value and the hefty price tag ...

17)  To begin with, new technology isn't always what it's cracked up to be.

18)  ... who dared to suggest the EU negotiations may not be all they have been cracked up to be. Dave was outraged. 

19)  Are breakfast biscuits all they're cracked up to be?

20)  But is this online life all it's cracked up to be? Does filming your everyday routine, your inner most thoughts, ...