to live up to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - live up to

"to live up to"

1) to fulfill expectations

2) to satisfy a goal or set of goals


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - live up to

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I'm so sad that Lisa has retired. She is the best manager I have ever had. She always pushed us so that we did our best work. She was kind and supportive and stood up for her team whenever there was trouble from upper management. She was strong, capable, extremely knowledgeable, trustworthy and a really good person.

Colleague 2: Lisa will be a hard act to follow. It will be very difficult for any new manager to live up to her level of excellence. Any new manager will always be compared to Lisa and will probably always fall short.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - live up to

A couple are talking ...

Husband: I really don't like it when we argue so much.

Wife: Then please be sure to do all the chores that you have agreed to do and we shouldn't argue as much.

Husband: I will live up to my side of the bargain and do all the chores we discussed, on a regular basis, if you agree not to nag me so much.

Wife: Agreed.

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to live up to - Gerund Form:

Living up to other people's expectations can be stressful and impossible.

Living up to his side of the bargain, he delivered his share on time.

to live up to - Examples:

1)  ... conscious of our own short-comings and imperfections, join our effort in good faith to live up to this high standard.

2)  And Israel must also live up to its obligation to ensure that Palestinians can live and work and develop their ...

3)  Sadly, the shrimp didn't live up to the rest of the dish. It was overcooked and rubbery.

4)  So the question turns to whether or not the iPhone 4 can live up to the intense hype. Can it deliver on the promises Steve Jobs made?

5)  ... or they can take action and demand that Republicans use the power they have and live up to their own rhetoric by stopping the borrowing madness right now.

6)  ... believe there are certain basic human rights that all governments and culture should have to live up to.

7)  What if you're unhappy or your agent doesn't live up to your expectations? Can you get rid of the agent?

8)  Unfortunately, the evening did not live up to our expectations and the food was mediocre.

9)  Because nobody can live up to the memory of her father, who died young and perfect at thirty.

10)  Be especially alert for moments when you strayed from your purpose and didn't live up to your highest standards.

11)  Why does anyone think it is morally correct not to live up to the promises made to public sector workers?

12)  Maybe you date women who don't live up to your standards because that's the best you can do.

13)  IT feels caught in an untenable situation of being unable to live up to the expectations and needs of its customers.

14)  The needs are massive and many do, indeed, fail to live up to the Bible's commands to help the poor.

15)  Because of what America is, we have high standards to live up to.

16)  Men expect so much, and I can't live up to it. 

17)  He talks a good game, and now needs to live up to his words.

18)  ... of its regional sites, he said, closing any degree programs that fail to live up to the school's overall standards. 

19)  Yes, the performance of America under President Barack Obama did not live up to expectations. 

20)  Our team right now has a lot of potential and I want to live up to the expectations that we set for ourselves.