Not all it's cracked up to be

Explanation: What is an idiom?

Not as good as people say.


"Have you seen that new film?"

"Which one?"

"Come on, what planet are you living on? That new Hollywood blockbuster that everyone's talking about."

"What, 'USA Saves the Day' about how the US Marines kill mutant dinosaurs, North Korean terrorists and Martians all on the same Saturday afternoon?"

"Yeah, that one. Sounds great."

"I've seen it."

"And, what do you think of it?"

"Well, the characters are completely unbelievable, the script was written by a five-year-old and the plot is laughable. The only reason to see it is for the special effects, and even they're not all they're cracked up to be. It has as much intelligence as boiled cabbage and the subtlety of a major road accident."

"Yeah. I'm really looking forward to it."

"Lord save us. Jackie! A pint for me and a brain cell for my poor disadvantaged friend here."


In the 15th century, the verb crack meant to boast or praise something. If something was therefore cracked up, it was said to be good or worthwhile. Something that was not all it was cracked up to be meant literally not as good as what people boasted it to be.

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