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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.
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(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.
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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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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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Here Goldberg usefully presents the poem as neither a ventriloquist poem in a woman's voice nor a poem authored by a woman, but a poem in which Surrey himself represents male-male desire, even while he "articulates a position for women as desiring subjects" (158).
Though there is much talk in the economic literature of the "creation" of desiring consumers, it may be precisely with respect to this desire that theology has something to contribute to an understanding of this theocapitalist desiring self.
As a black gay man expected to perform in a number of publicly prescribed ways, the narrator here feels the necessity of keeping his desiring black body safely in the closet--or, in Cullen's case, safely encased within his ill-fitting suits and Phi Beta Kappa Key--unstripped, unrevealed, and writhing on his bed of lies.
In the second stanza, the conflict is set between the desiring Jim and his mother, whose voice emphasizes stasis, rootedness, and acceptance over the writhing and dissatisfied activity of the desiring body:
In each case, narrative offers people the same sort of marvelous possibility through its desiring words, a possibility that the narrator of "The Many Tenses of Wanting" formulates to her companion in the following manner: "You see--I expect wonders of another sort from you, from us; yes: our minds will catch fire" (94).
Have been taught to want" (22)--Ursa is yet unaware of how the rest of her desiring function is also fraught with the weight of the past.
Like the family narratives to which the blues are so closely aligned throughout Corregidora, the blues performance produces an enabling version of the past and reproduces a healthier set of resources for the reconstitution of the desiring subject, because the blues also follow the practice of the family narratives in contesting the representations of a desiring subject either utterly freed from or utterly imprisoned by the past.
Because of these rules, an individual desiring to use a QSST must establish a separate trust for each beneficiary.
The absorbing opening chapters (on Columbus and the discovery of Brazil, respectively) examine two related but opposed modes of utilizing the discursive apparatus of Petrarchan lyric: one emphasizing the desiring subject's self-constitution, and the other the dialectically linked construction of the desired object.
While in theory this may be so, at least according to Freudian definitions of bisexuality as a kind of originary modality of desire, in practice this utopianism is complicated by the ways in which compulsory heterosexuality produces an asymmetry between the two "poles" of the binary axis designated by "bi," and the ways in which this asymmetry has yet to be fully addressed in assertions of the greater complexity - and implied superiority - of bisexuality as a politics and a mode of desiring.
Larsen makes it clear that Helga's painful experience of white racism within her immediate family creates additional pressure on her to repress her sexual desire; in fact, Helga's sexual repression represents her larger inability to experience herself as a desiring subject.
Morrison's elision of erotic memory with historic memory expresses a provocative interpretation of what it means to desire a past: inclusion in a dynamics of narrative as an agent - a desiring subject - and not as a passive object of discourse.
The complex, desiring Melanctha "wanders" both for knowledge and for sex.