cracked up to be

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

cracked play
  1. : broken (as by a sharp blow) so that the surface is fissured

  2. : broken into coarse particles

  3. : marked by harshness, dissonance, or failure to sustain a tone

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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