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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.
See also: cracked, up

make (oneself) understood

To make others understand exactly what one is trying to convey. I want all of this cleaned up right now, or I'll take away your video games for the weekend. Have I made myself understood? I tried explaining the directions to the tourist, but my Japanese is so limited that I couldn't make myself understood.
See also: make, understood

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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ˌmake yourself underˈstood

make your meaning clear, especially in another language: He doesn’t speak much Japanese but he can make himself understood.
See also: make, understood

cracked up to be

mod. supposed to be. This pizza isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
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