cracked up to be


: said to be
Is the movie really as good as it's cracked up to be?
often used in negative statements
The new restaurant is not all it's cracked up to be. When we went, the service was awful and our food was cold.

Examples of cracked up to be in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holiday martyrdom is not everything it is cracked up to be. cleveland, 16 Dec. 2021 But the accidental celebrity finds that fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Staff, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 The collagen market is expanding and is expected to continue to rise in popularity between now and 2030.1 Believed to help improve hair, skin, and nail appearance and quality and support strong joints and bones, are collagen supplements really all they are cracked up to be? Rebecca Jaspan, Mph, Rd, Cdn, Cdces, Health, 4 Apr. 2023 Fionn Whitehead will play Pip, an orphan who navigates his way up the social ladder but learns that class mobility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2023 Maybe home-field advantage isn't what it's cracked up to be for Milwaukee? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021 Like a lot of things in life, the Galactic Federation is not what it’s cracked up to be. Jason Gay, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2020 Bummer Year is a psychedelic fondue of indie shimmer, southwest grit, and post-punk malaise fueled by an impending sense of doom that maybe capitalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Corbin Reiff, SPIN, 28 Dec. 2022 Meantime, their man in the White House invokes emergency powers to forgive student debt and their thinkers wonder whether the Constitution and the separation of powers are all they’re cracked up to be. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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“Cracked up to be.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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