leave a lot to be desired

Also, leave a great deal or much to be desired. Be imperfect or unsatisfactory. For example, His account of the election leaves a lot to be desired. This usage can also be put in a more positive way, that is, leave nothing to be desired, meaning “to be perfectly satisfactory,” as in His account leaves nothing to be desired. [Late 1700s]


Nearby words

  1. leatherwood,
  2. leatherwork,
  3. leathery,
  4. leave,
  5. leave a bad taste in one's mouth,
  6. leave alone,
  7. leave behind,
  8. leave flat,
  9. leave hanging,
  10. leave holding the bag

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.