be not what it's cracked up to be

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be not what it's cracked up to be

To be not as good, enjoyable, special, or worthwhile as people insist or believe. Honestly, the movie isn't what it's cracked up to be. Maybe I'm just not the right audience for it. If you ask me, long-term relationships just aren't what they're cracked up to be.
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