live up to

Idioms & Phrases

live up to

  1. Live or act in accordance with; also, measure up to. For example, Children rarely live up to their parents' ideals, or This new technology has not lived up to our expectations. [Late 1600s]

  2. Carry out, fulfill, as in She certainly lived up to her end of the bargain. [First half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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