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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: by, 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.
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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.
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.
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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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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

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: by, 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

gratify (one's) desires

euphemism To have sexual intercourse with someone. If he didn't come home last night, I bet it's because that hot chick he met at the bar gratified his desires, if you know what I mean.
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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.
See also: by, 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]
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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.
See also: desire, leave
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6) On the other hand, Timothy Schroeder (2004) has defended a more neuroscientifically sophisticated account of desire on which the kind of depression I have sketched here need not be seen as resulting in the loss of desire.
Sitting on the back of the Desire 10 pro is an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor that brings convenience to your fingertips: the fingerprint sensor helps secure your device, but quickly unlocks at just the touch of your finger.
HTC Corporation, a leading innovator in mobile and virtual reality technology, today unveiled the HTC Desire 10 lifestyle in India.
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Self-designed questionnaire was utilized; carrying questions pertinent to desire for sons/daughters during marital life, and demographic details.
com/2016/08/12/htc-desire-10-lifestyle-detailed-design-and-audio-focus-launching-september/) Venture Beat report , which was published on Friday, he wrote that the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle will have matte, solid color finishes and metallic gold trims on the edges and surrounding important components, such as the camera lens and antenna cutouts.
These are our springboards for reflection: What is the deep desire in our life that prompts us to leave everything behind to begin a journey?
KEY WORDS: sexual desire; desire discrepancy; sexual satisfaction; low desire
The new range of Desire phones consists of the Desire 820, the Desire 816G, the Desire 620G, and the Desire 320.
The new range of Desire phones, dubbed advanced yet affordable, include the Desire 820, the Desire 816G, the Desire 620G, and the Desire 320, said a company statement.
The idea of elenchus as punishment is more pointed in the conversation with Callicles in that desire becomes its focus.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
For all his humility, Socrates seems to arrogate to himself a limitless power to transform any desire anyone approaches him with into an impetus to inquire after virtue.
The source of these films is of interest because women in such films are most often portrayed as objects of desire rather than the subjects of a narrative.
METHODS: Data from the Umoyo wa Thanzi research program in rural Lilongwe, Malawi, were used to classify the pregnancy desires of 592 women aged 15-39 as antinatal, pronatal, ambivalent or indifferent, according to both the women's desire to conceive and their desire to avoid pregnancy.