leave much to be desired

idiom
variants: or leave a lot to be desired or leave a great deal to be desired
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of leave much 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.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

much play
  1. : great in quantity, amount, extent, or degree

  2. : great in importance or significance

  3. : many in number

  1. : to a great degree or extent : considerably

  2. : very

  3. : frequently, often

  1. : a great quantity, amount, extent, or degree

  2. : something considerable or impressive

desire play desired
  1. : to long or hope for : exhibit or feel desire for

  2. : to express a wish for : request

  3. : to express a wish to : ask

  1. : conscious impulse (see 2impulse 3) toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment

  2. : longing, craving

  3. : sexual urge or appetite


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