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 ]

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