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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

proverb 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

first deserve and then desire

proverb You must prove yourself worthy of success by working hard and conscientiously, as desire alone will not make it happen. A: "I want to be the most famous artist in the whole world!" B: "Well, you'll need to spend years honing your craft and establishing your reputation in the art world. First deserve and then desire, you know."
See also: and, deserve, desire, first

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.
See also: desire, leave, lot

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

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.
See also: desire

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: desire, leave, lot
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: desire
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

your heart's desire

someone or something that is greatly wished for.
See also: desire

leave much (or a lot) to be desired

be highly unsatisfactory.
See also: desire, leave, much
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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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. Qu'on le veuille ou pas, excepte le dernier match remporte face a la Tanzanie, cette EN version Gourcuff peine a trouver ses marques, a developper un jeu de qualite, digne d'un mondialiste.
Le niveau des interventions de plusieurs parlementaires, dans le cadre des questions orales, laisse a desirer. Un spectacle desolant.
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].
Au fait, ils ont pris en otage un homme invalide, exploitant son etat de sante dans des mises en scenes qui laissent a desirer. Le president est depuis longtemps invisible.
La situation laisse a desirer, et le cadre de vie des citoyens ne cesse de s'envenimer.
Cette demarche volontariste n'a plus le droit de sombrer dans la mediocrite assassine qui gangrenait, pendant tres longtemps, par l'intrusion de pseudo-professionnels et decideurs dont la gouvernance laissait a desirer. Comment peut-on pretendre booster le produit d'une station, alors que celui du trouble-fete ressurgi, est repute pour ses insanites aux pays du golf, sans le moindre contrat decroche, lors des innombrables salons de tourisme?
Toutefois, si sur cote, la loi est formelle et ne souffre d'aucune contestation, l'interet que l'Etat devrait porter quotidiennement au site, laisse a desirer. Il ne suffirait pas de garder le patrimoine public, encore faut-il veiller a la perennite de son etat et a valoriser son apport.
Apres evaluation, nous avons recense deux principales causes de la degradation des infrastructures hospitalieres : la gestion et l'organisation qui laissent a desirer. Quant au secteur prive, il est livre a lui-meme.
Certes, le Maroc a empoche 2 points en autant de matches (victoire a Casablanca et nul ailleurs), mais la prestation restait tellement a desirer sur lors du match a la maison ou nos Lions n'ont s'impose que dans les ultimes secondes du temps additionnel et sur un penalty (tombe du ciel meme s'il est juge valable).
Mais la encore les legumes secs se font desirer. 200 DA le kg de lentilles, d'haricot et de pois casses.
Cependant, malgre cette flopee de partis, la pratique politique laisse a desirer a cause des comportements marques par la sacralite des personnes et le froissement des institutions.
C'est extremement cher, alors que la qualite de la nourriture laisse a desirer [beaucoup plus grand que], justifie-t-il.