not cracked up to be

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - not cracked up to be

"not cracked up to be"

not as good as its reputation;

not as good as it is supposed to be


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not cracked up to be

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I thought this new data entry system was supposed to be so wonderful and that it was going to save us so much time. Sure, it has a nice user interface but after a month of testing, productivity has only increased five percent.

Colleague 2: I guess the system isn't everything is was cracked up to be.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not cracked up to be

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How is marriage counselling going? Is it everything you hoped for?

Friend 2: I thought couselling would help. It was supposed to help. All our friends said it helped their marriages a lot but for my wife and I, it definitely wasn't what is was cracked up to be.

Friend 1: Why is that?

Friend 2: We are getting a divorce.

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not cracked up to be - Gerund Form:

Not being what it was cracked up to be, the result was rather disappointing.

not cracked up to be - Examples:

1)  ... with some studies suggesting that wind power is not the planet saver it's cracked up to be.

2)  In other words, simplicity just isn't as simple as it is cracked up to be.

3)  ... people who buy timeshares might find the real estate isn't all it's cracked up to be, and the contracts can be a royal pain to get out of.

4)  Engineering as a career definitely isn't what it's cracked up to be anymore.

5)  They aren't coming back, and they weren't all they were cracked up to be, anyway. Let's stop remembering these so fondly.

6)  ... you can see from my statements here that it's not all it's cracked up to be. It's much more expensive. It's also much more difficult.

7)  ... a rock-and-roll bass player finds out that second chances aren't all they're cracked up to be; something sinister lurks beneath the trappings of a travelling carnival.

8)  I realized that solo bike-packing just ain't all it's cracked up to be. It's boring, to say the least.

9)  I live in America and Optometry is not all it's cracked up to be. The return on investment for Optometry school is definitely not good.

10)  Sounds great, except that juice isn't anywhere near as healthy as it's cracked up to be because it contains a lot of sugar.

11)  However, some people believe that vaccines aren't all they're cracked up to be. Tune in and learn more about vaccination conspiracy theories.

12)  Now that that dream is a reality, it's not all it's cracked up to be

13)  ... into a muted depression when he learns it's not as much as it was cracked up to be.

14)  Life as a child actor isn't what it is cracked up to be. It involves very long hours on set.

15)  And sobriety's not what it's cracked up to be. You're still struggling to get out of the shelter.

16)  Sitting on a beach is not all it's cracked up to be after a few months!

17)  ... and I can tell you, they really are all they're cracked up to be. The first thing I noticed was how comfortable they were.

18)  ... gets parole after decades locked up. Freedom is not all that it is cracked up to be for Brooks. He can not deal with the very real challenge ...

19)  ... out that you've been deceived, that this place isn't what it was cracked up to be, ...

20)  Sometimes life as an international superstar isn't all it's cracked up to be and loneliness can rear its ugly head.