Definition of leave much (or a lot) to be desired in US English:

leave much (or a lot) to be desired

phrase

  • Be highly unsatisfactory.

    • ‘It started awhile back when I noticed some of your signs leaving a lot to be desired in the grammar department.’
    • ‘The architect they chose left a lot to be desired and the building gradually became vacant.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the play is as elementary as its title, leaving much to be desired in plot and characterization.’
    • ‘In 1842, he performed an experiment that left much to be desired in the control of experimental variables.’
    • ‘Granted the puppetry leaves a lot to be desired, but it was made a long time ago so it can be forgiven for that.’
    • ‘Although the liquid diet leaves a lot to be desired, it hasn't been terribly difficult for me to adhere to.’
    • ‘The last release left much to be desired, to be diplomatic, and we do not want those mistakes to be repeated.’
    • ‘In its infancy, pin and ball were made of hardwood, leaving much to be desired with regard to uniformity.’
    • ‘Many had come from standard, hierarchical organizations which left a lot to be desired on an individual level.’
    • ‘But their business practices leave much to be desired, and their fly-by-night bakery quickly ends up in the red.’