leave much to be desired


variants or leave a lot to be desired or leave a great deal to be desired
used to say that something is not very good at all or is not close to being good enough
Your work leaves much to be desired.
Although her education left a great deal to be desired, she was an extremely intelligent person.
The working conditions here leave a lot to be desired.

Examples of leave much to be desired in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The melodies don’t linger and the lyrics leave much to be desired. Shania Russell, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2024 But berry season only comes once a year, and the out-of-season offerings leave much to be desired taste-wise. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 21 Feb. 2024 While the advent of third-wave coffee shops that focus on small-batch artisan brews and perfect pour-overs has been a boon for the gastronomic scene and morning sluggishness/afternoon slumps, the minimalist décor and tranquil vibes that come with them can, at times, leave much to be desired. Richard Guzman, Orange County Register, 16 Jan. 2024 His foreign-policy views leave much to be desired, but his economic-policy views are commendable. Dominic Pino, National Review, 20 Jan. 2024 Over time, women have shown up in STEM fields in larger numbers and gained greater footholds, but their overall strides and pay levels leave much to be desired (STEM fields remain two-thirds male). Jane Thier, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 The Jag's seats are limited in their range of adjustment and offer little support, many of its ergonomic features leave much to be desired, and our test car suffered a number of nagging failures. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 24 Apr. 2023

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“Leave much to be desired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leave%20much%20to%20be%20desired. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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