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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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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

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

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

flash with (an emotion)

Of the eyes, to seem to convey a particular feeling or emotion with intensity. Callie's eyes flashed with anger when I accused her of cheating on the test. Of course John's interested in you—his eyes practically flash with desire every time he looks at you. Yeah, my mom knows you—her eyes flashed with recognition when I said your name.
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gratify (one's) desires

euphemism To have sex 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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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 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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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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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 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

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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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

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.
See also: desire, yearning

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

burning desire

An ardent wish; excited passion. This figurative use of burning dates back at least to 1700. Sir Richard Steele wrote in The Tatler (1709) of “a burning Desire to join that glorious Company.”
See also: burning, desire
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Likewise, if Polus had been clear in his own mind that he was using the word "desire" to refer to what I have called the inner face of desire, he would simply have rejected Socrates' contention that, in order to be desired, the object must be good.
Main outcome variables (number of sons/daughters desired) were cross-tabulated with independent variables (age, client's education, husband's education, religion and socioeconomic class).
If the patient's desired goals or results are not clinically achievable or the costs are unacceptable to the patient, the physician must then determine what alternative goals and results are achievable and the human and economic costs of these.
Readers are likely to explore links that seem to take them to desired information.
Improvement desired: Easier client access, improvement in fixed assets and depreciation module, clearer manual.
To quickly and efficiently obtain the desired dynamic amplitude for a test, the correction coefficients defined above are used in a proportional amplitude control algorithm of the form:
Willoughby and Vitas (2012) examined dating couples and found higher discrepancy between desired frequency of sex and actual frequency of sex was associated with lower relationship stability.
As they age, their attributes, vulnerabilities, and accessibility change, and they gain exposure to and become desired by different types of abductors who exploit them for different reasons.
Roland Greene's subtle and complex Unrequited Conquests examines an instance of what Jameson terms an "ideology of form": the peculiar aptness of (Petrarchan) lyric for representing the fateful encounters between European "discoverers" and the worlds/peoples they "discovered." Capturing the ways in which (desiring) subjects and (desired) objects were constituted, lyric poetry provided, Greene suggests, "a widely adaptable literary technology" (4) consonant with the subject- and object-constituting processes of colonial exploration.
This choice avoids the somewhat anachronistic question of whether or not Cullen had a "gay identity." What seems to be clearly the case is that he periodically desired various attractive women.
The steps need to be followed to achieve the desired result--to influence physician behavior, not to change attitudes.
Their brief discussion of the American Catholic Bishops pastoral letter, Economic Justice For All, leaves much to be desired, however.
l Order - the desired amount of organisation in daily life.
Yet, I think Rowell misinterprets just what is being desired in still-life painting: it is not, after all, desire for the object - lust for a peach, a craving for carp - that propels the genre.
Accessing goods and services more quickly, when they are desired and where they are desired, is no longer a wish but an expectancy.