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’
    • ‘I decide that being the boss is not all that it is suppose to be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Not all of the offerings are all they may be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Plea bargains are just not what they used to be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘The venture capital market in the States is not all that it may 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.’
    • ‘As far as U.K. saviours go, the band aren't what they'll surely 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.’
    • ‘I mean, granted the new stable BootCamp is all it's going to be cracked up to be.’
    • ‘Life as a Telephone Sales Representative, surprisingly, is not all it 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.’