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up to scratch | up to snuff Informal

Meaning: You can say something is up to scratch, or up to snuff, if it's as good as it should be, or as good as it needs to be.

For example:

  • This article isn't very interesting, to be honest. Are you sure it's up to scratch for an international news magazine?

  • The band's manager doesn't think this hall is up to snuff. There's too much echo and the stage is too small.

Note: "Up to scratch" is used more in British and Australian English, while "up to snuff" is used more in American English.

Quick Quiz:

Sally's performance in the job hasn't been up to scratch. She'll have to
  1. sharpen her nails
  2. find another job
  3. get a better manager

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