Definition of be cracked up to be in English:

be cracked up to be

phrase

informal
  • with negative Be asserted to be (used to indicate that someone or something has been described too favourably)

    ‘life on tour is not as glamorous as it's cracked up to be’
    • ‘Not all of the offerings are all they may be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘When I first bought the game I was apathetic about whether it would be everything it could be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Sometimes you think about people in high position and you hope that are everything that they are supposed to be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘The venture capital market in the States is not all that it may be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘I mean, granted the new stable BootCamp is all it's going to be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Religious services and ceremonies never strike Miss Manners as being as funny as they may be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Life as a Telephone Sales Representative, surprisingly, is not all it may be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Plea bargains are just not what they used to be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘As far as U.K. saviours go, the band aren't what they'll surely be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘I decide that being the boss is not all that it is suppose to be cracked up to be.’