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    #1

    cracked up to be?

    They're leaving hospital after Jim, the husband was hospitalized due to an accident, and she says "cracked up". Is it "collapse due to a fatigue or something" or what else? I never get it!

    -ghost whisperer
    Jim- i know. I figured the hospital... you must be in hog heaven.
    Melinda - You know, sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be.
    Jim- Who is it this time?
    Melinda- A young woman about my age.


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    Re: cracked up to be?

    The hospital experience is not all it is claimed to be.

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    Re: cracked up to be?

    Jim- i know. I figured the hospital... you must be in hog heaven.
    Melinda - You know, sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be.

    keannu.
    The phrase "not all it's cracked up to be" means that it doesn't live up to its reputation. I don't know the whole context here but Jim is implying that Melinda must be enjoying her time at the hospital, "in hog heaven" is a largely US expression meaning happy or content in a situation.
    Melinda is saying that it's not as good as you might expect.

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