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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.
See also: consume, desire

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.
See also: desire, earthly

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.
See also: desire, leave, much

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.
See also: deal, desire, great, leave

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.
See also: desire, leave, lot

desires are nourished by delays

One's interest in something will grow as one waits for it. A: "Ugh, I still haven't heard back from the recruiter at my dream job." B: "At least desires are nourished by delays."
See also: delay, desire, nourish

leave something to be desired

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

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.
See also: delay, Desire, nourish

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 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]
See also: desire, leave, lot

your heart's desire

LITERARY
If someone or something is your heart's desire, you want that person or thing very much. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. He was extremely dishonest in his efforts to achieve his heart's desire.
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your heart's desire

someone or something that is greatly wished for.
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leave much (or a lot) to be desired

be highly unsatisfactory.
See also: desire, leave, much

leave a lot, much, etc. to be deˈsired

not be good enough: Your standard of work has gone down. In fact it leaves a great deal to be desired.The acting in some of those early movies left much to be desired.
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La situation au sein de l'equipe laisse egalement a desirer.
beaucoup plus grand que] Geiger reconnait, par ailleurs, que la qualite de jeu fournie par ses joueurs laisse a desirer.
Pour le moment, la securite en Turquie comme en Tunisie laisse beaucoup a desirer," a affirme le senateur Igor Morozov, membre de la commission des affaires internationales au Conseil de la Federation.
Des produits alimentaires fortement consommes en cette periode subissent egalement des hausses injustifiees, surtout que leur qualite laisse parfois beaucoup a desirer.
Certes, les resultats sont la pour le conforter puisque les Verts sont toujours en lice dans les competitions auxquelles ils sont engages mais force est de constater que la qualite du jeu propose par ses capes, laisse beaucoup a desirer.
Sans prendre l'avis des ayants droit, un fonctionnaire de la Commune va construire une ecole coranique dont l'etat laisse amplement a desirer et qui constitue meme une veritable menace pour la securite des citoyens.
Un rythme en relation avec la sante de l'economie pour l'annee en cours et qui laisse a desirer comparativement aux annees glorieuses ' du secteur (+40% par an sur la periode 2006-2010) ', explique l'etude.
A cela s'ajoutent, selon lui, l'utilisation de la dynamite, le non-respect du repos biologique des especes et l'emprise du marche informel qui importe de la sardine [beaucoup moins que] dont la qualite laisse a desirer [beaucoup plus grand que].
Elle indique que l'abattage se faisait par electrocution et dans des conditions d'hygiene qui laissaient vraiment a desirer.
Dans le tableau recapitulant ses indicateurs d'activite trimestriels, Tunisair nous apprend que la ponctualite de sa flotte laisse beaucoup a desirer et qu'elle est meme en baisse.
La situation laisse a desirer, et le cadre de vie des citoyens ne cesse de s'envenimer.
Certes, le climat clement et la mer chatoyante font rever, mais les infrastructures laissent a desirer.
En etablissant un diagnostic de la situation actuelle, ces activistes considerent qu'il est temps d'appeler a la raison les differents partis politiques notamment les deux camps qui s'affrontent aujourd'hui tout en reconnaissant la legitimite de la contestation d'une gouvernance qui 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.
Le sujet de discussion etait l'etat securitaire du pays qui laisse beaucoup a desirer.