Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

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Not what it's cracked up to be

Meaning of Idiom 'Not all it's Cracked up to be'

When something is not all it's cracked up to be it is not as good as its reputation suggests or as good as people generally think it to be.

The idiom is often given as "cracked up to be." However, it is always used in a negative way, such as the variations given here suggest, so that the actual idiom can be said to be "not all it's cracked up to be" or a similar expression. Although things are sometimes said to be better than they are cracked up to be, this usage is so rare as to be a variation and the standard negative idiom.

Usage

"She was so eager to get married when she was younger but she quickly found that marriage is not all it's cracked up to be."

"I don't think "The Road" was as good as it's cracked up to be. It bored me!"

"I should have stayed in the country. The city is not what it's cracked up to be."

Origin

This idiom comes from an early 1800's use of the verb to crack up, meaning "to praise." Although the meaning is lost the idiom survived.

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