it's not all it's cracked up to be

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Failing to meet expectations; not being as good as people say.

Etymology:

  • This idiom was likely derived from a lesser-known definition of crack, which can mean to tell, talk, or to praise, depending on the context. This meaning stems from Middle English and is seen in other expressions such as cracking a joke.
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That video game looked good, but it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Submitted on January 01, 2020

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