Meaning of “leave a lot to be desired” in the English Dictionary

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"leave a lot to be desired" in British English

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leave a lot to be desired

to be much worse than you would like:

Apparently, Meg's cooking leaves a lot to be desired.

(Definition of “leave a lot to be desired” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"leave a lot to be desired" in American English

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leave a lot to be desired

also leave something to be desired

to not be very good or not as good as you would like:

His taste in clothes leaves something to be desired.

(Definition of “leave a lot to be desired” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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