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consumed by desire

Completely absorbed and controlled by one's passion or lust for something or someone. Jonathan found himself consumed by desire to be with Stephen, such that he could no longer pay attention in class. Many men, consumed by desire for a woman, have committed atrocious and sometimes bizarre acts of depravity. Consumed by his desire to rule the world, the dictator was blind to the mutiny of his advisors.
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earthly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our earthly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our earthly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
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worldly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our worldly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our worldly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
See also: desire, worldly

(one's) heart's desire

Something one very much wants or needs. After my six-month tour in Iraq, my heart's desire is just to see my husband again.
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to (one's) heart's desire

As much as or to the point that one wants; to the point of contentment, satiety, or surfeit. I've made plenty of food for everyone, so please eat to your heart's desire.
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leave much to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves much to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves much to be desired nonetheless.
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leave a great deal to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves a great deal to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves a great deal to be desired nonetheless.
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leave lots to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves lots to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves lots to be desired nonetheless.
See also: desire, leave, lot

yearning desire

A deep longing. I want to see as much as I can on my trip to England because I've always had a yearning desire to go there.
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leave a lot to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise and a story that has quite a bit of potential, but the final product leaves a lot to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves a lot to be desired nonetheless.
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Desires are nourished by delays.

Prov. The longer you have to wait for something you want, the more eager you will be to get it. The longer I had to postpone my trip to San Francisco, the more eagerly I wanted to go. Desires are nourished by delays.
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leave a lot to be desired

Cliché to be lacking something important; to be inadequate. (A polite way of saying that something is bad.) This report leaves a lot to be desired. I'm sorry to have to fire you, Mary, but your work leaves a lot to be desired.
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leave something to be desired

to be not very good or not as good as you would like leave a lot to be desired And if you think my driving leaves something to be desired, his driving is even worse!
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leave a lot to be desired

to be not very good, or not as good as you would like leave something to be desired My tennis game is improving, but my backhand still leaves a lot to be desired.
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leave a lot to be desired

to be much worse than you would like (never in continuous tenses) Apparently, Meg's cooking leaves a lot to be desired.
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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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Certes, le climat clement et la mer chatoyante font rever, mais les infrastructures laissent a desirer.
Je n'ai pas envie de m'accrocher, j'ai ecrit un joli livre dont la fin laisse a desirer, alors j'ai plutot envie d'en ouvrir un nouveau", explique-t-il a l'AFP hier lundi, apres avoir rendu publique sa decision a l'occasion des Etoiles du Sport.
Pour lui, ce n'est pas seulement le compartiment offensif qui est [beaucoup moins que] malade [beaucoup plus grand que] mais ce sont tous les compartiments qui laissent a desirer.
Non, cette fois, il ne la suppliera pas, il ne criera pas, il ne s'irritera pas, il ne cassera pas les ustensiles de cuisine, il ne fera rien, il ne dira rien- [beaucoup moins que]Se taire, c'est laisser croire qu'on ne juge et ne desire rien, et, dans certains cas, c'est ne desirer rien en effet[beaucoup plus grand que], a dit Albert Camus dans un de ses parchemins revoltes- En effet, cette fois, il ne desire rien.
Si le decor laisse a desirer, il n'en est peut-etre pas de meme pour les plats.
Selon certains habitants contactes par Al Bayane, la viande est issue de l'abattage clandestin, sans omettre aussi les conditions d'hygiene qui laissent amplement a desirer.
De toutes les facons, la programmation des matches au sein de la FRMF, l'ancienne comme la nouvelle, laisse encore a desirer.
beaucoup moins que] Il est vrai que nos recents resultats en championnat laissent a desirer, mais croyez-moi, nous avons tout oublie, et nous nous sommes mis d'accord, nous les joueurs, de ne focaliser que sur la finale.
3]etat des lieux- Cote personnel, comme les personnes formees a la restauration reviennent cher, elles preferent travailler dans de grands restaurants ou hotels, car dans les petits restaurants, la fourchette laisse beaucoup a desirer.
Si le recours au commerce informel, qui prospere a longueur d'annee, s'explique par les bas prix meme si la qualite laisse a desirer, le marche formel ne deroge pas a sa regle et a ses habitudes bien etablies de speculation sans limite face a l'incapacite des pouvoirs publics d'y mettre de l'ordre une fois pour toute.
C'est extremement cher, alors que la qualite de la nourriture laisse a desirer [beaucoup plus grand que], justifie-t-il.
beaucoup moins que] A notre grand dam, les sous-traitants se font desirer [beaucoup plus grand que], a deplore M'hamed Mesrati, cadre achats a l'entreprise.
Au contraire, si l'accueil laisse a desirer, ou s'il est mauvais, tous les efforts qui seront fournis par l'equipe soignante ne donneront pas les resultats escomptes et pourront meme etre negatifs, car le malade qui est fatigue, diminue physiquement et psychologiquement se sentira plus opprime, cette perte de confiance, compliquera son retablissement et ralentira sa guerison.
Le probleme est une question d'effectif dont la valeur laisse a desirer.
Il sait que la proprete dans beaucoup d'endroits laisse a desirer.