Idiom:  leave something to be desired

Meaning 

Idiom:  leave something to be desired

  • to not be as good as you want it to be
  • to be of a very low standard or quality


Example sentences

  • It’s a beautiful apartment but the neighborhood leaves a lot to be desired.
  • He's got the best grades but his attitude leaves a lot to be desired and that's why he wasn't elected class president. 
  • These modern hotels with the sliding glass bathroom doors leave a lot to be desired when you're traveling with friends.
  • Her attitude leaves a lot to be desired and is poisoning the morale in the group.
  • The furniture in this office leaves a lot to be desired.
  • The main course was delicious but the dessert left a lot to be desired.
  • A: "Did you enjoy your trip?" B: "Let's just say the bus seats left a lot to be desired."
  • We'll never use her services again. Her people skills leave a lot to be desired.


Synonyms

  • nothing to write home about
  • not up to snuff
  • nothing to get excited about


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