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cracked up to be

Reputed or said to be. Typically used in the phase "isn't all it's cracked up to be." I'm so impressed with my new car—a luxury car really is all it's cracked up to be! Honestly, the movie isn't what it's cracked up to be. Maybe I'm just not the right audience for it.
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cracked up to be something

 and cracked up to be; cracked up as something
alleged or understood to be something. She was cracked up to be a pretty good player. She was cracked up as a pretty good golfer. (Used with the negative.) He is not the problem solving CEO that he was cracked up to be.
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cracked up to be

asserted to be (used to indicate that someone or something has been described too favourably). informal
This expression stems from the use of crack as an adjective to mean ‘pre-eminent’, a sense dating from the late 18th century.
1986 Willy Russell Shirley Valentine Our Brian suddenly realised that the part of Joseph wasn't as big as it had been cracked up to be.
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cracked up to be

mod. supposed to be. This pizza isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
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6 THIS man and woman are alleged to have stolen three 7 Adidas tracksuits worth pounds 240 from JD Sports at Teesside Retail Park in Stockton on October 20.
In Tarantino, the plaintiff alleged that a detective for the sheriff's department illegally walked up to the defendant's business, an abandoned general store in a rural area, and peered through a crack in the wall of the store to view marijuana growing inside.
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The La Salle State Bank, without admitting to any allegations, consented to the issuance of the order in connection with its alleged violations of the Board's regulations implementing the National Flood Insurance Act.
Seaboard Surety Co., the duty to defend "is not measured by the technical legal cause of action pleaded in the underlying third-party complaint, but rather by the potential for liability under the policy's coverage as revealed by the facts alleged in the complaint or otherwise known to the insurer."
Specifically, the court found that the engagement letter was not ambiguous as to who the accounting firm's client was and that the oral understanding alleged by McDonald was incompatible with the engagement letter.
Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics,(8) Federal employees can be sued, independent of any statutory authority, for alleged violations of Federal constitutional rights.
In Hassan, the plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that the maximum fee schedule established by physician members of the defendant IPA set physician fees at lower than competitive levels, which drove the plaintiffs out of the market in violation of the price fixing prohibitions under the Sherman Act.
? A 18-year-old Uddingston man has been reported to the procurator fiscal for alleged possession of and brandishing a baseball bat in a public place.The alleged incident happened at 11.10pm on Saturday in Merry Street, Motherwell.
The plaintiff alleged that either the firm had failed to follow AICPA standards in preparing this report or, if it had, the standards themselves had been negligently promulgated.
Sanchez alleged that Everyday was unable to sell the Summa shares from the swap because Summa's chairman had previously violated federal securities laws by selling restricted Summa shares in transactions disguised as loans.
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Specifically, Dougherty alleged that the accountant had been aware the business had accumulated liabilities and liens against it for failing to pay state sales taxes and state and federal payroll taxes.