It’s Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be


Disappointed; failing to meet expectations.

Example: A new restaurant opened up in town and people are saying the food there is amazing! Tom is feeling mighty hungry, so he decided to pay a visit to this new restaurant after hearing all the commotion about it. After finishing his meal, what’s his verdict? Tom says: “The food… it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.” In other words, he’s not impressed!

Synonyms / Related Phrases:
It’s not all that
It doesn’t live up to the hype

Origin Of – It’s Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

The origin of this phrase is unclear. Of note, the word “craic” or “crack” is said to have derived from the Middle English word “crak,” which, according to Wikipedia means “bragging talk.” Additionally, in some parts of the world, the term “crack” is used to mean “news” or “gossip.” Thus, someone might ask a person “What’s the crack?” which basically means something like “What’s the news?”

Anyways, the earliest I could find of this expression in writing is from the year 1835. Davy Crockett, a politician, used the phrase when he commented on someone running for president:

“Martin Van Buren is not the man he is cracked up to be.”

Example Sentences

  1. A friend of mine named Ashley recommended a movie to me, saying it was one of her favorites. I was excited to see it, but after watching the movie, I would have to say that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Note: The origins for most phrases and sayings cannot be said with a certainty. What’s provided are theories that may be plausible to how a phrase originated, but not necessarily so. 
In addition, quotes that contain a particular phrase may be taken from old newspapers, poems, or books that were written centuries ago, but this by no means confirms that the phrase originates from said newspapers, poems, or books. In all likelihood, if an expression is being used in a newspaper, it’s probably already a well known saying and is from an older time.

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