to cut the mustard

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cut the mustard

"to cut the mustard"

to perform to a required standard


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cut the mustard

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Where's Ken?

Colleague 2:  He was fired. He didn't meet the monthly sales quota for three months in a row.

Colleague 1:  I suppose that if a person doesn't cut the mustard, then they pay the consequences.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cut the mustard

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I think I am going to try out for the school basketball team.

Friend 2:  Do you think you can cut the mustard?

Friend 1:  I am really good at basketball, so, yes, I believe I am up to team standards.

to cut the mustard - Usage:


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to cut the mustard - Gerund Form:

Cutting the mustard, he was offered the promotion.

to cut the mustard - Examples:

1)  Can you cut the mustard and deliver millions of users to our games?

2)  ... the basics of good design, and sometimes the light grey doesn't cut the mustard.

3)  Good article Charlie. Though I'm afraid I doubt it will cut the mustard with those on the Left that prize purity over power.

4)  Basically what you are saying is that pop music doesn't cut the mustard, and worse, what little it has to say; is nothing new, ...

5)  ... will be the ones that do well. Anything less will not cut the mustard amongst consumers, who have awoken rather abruptly from their financial slumber, ...

6)  ... using the Sabbath as an excuse for inaccurate writing simply does not cut the mustard

7)  ... effort to weed out potential employees who probably won't be able to cut the mustard and hire those that seemed suited for this occupation.

8)  ... a real job that pays real money honey cause Liberal Arts does not cut the mustard. No one cares if your mind has been "expanded" especially if it ...

9)  If I can't cut the mustard, I don't belong at the company.

10)  ... the majority of you don't cut the mustard intellectually and just clutter up the process for us few worthies.

11)  When an individual McDonald's doesn't cut the mustard, it goes out of business; the company survives and grows stronger.

12)  The quick hit of buying followers or making fake reviews will never cut the mustard in the long run.

13)  ... it's near impossible to know whether an inexperienced teacher will cut the mustard, ...

14)  But it also tells you that your query letter didn't cut the mustard. It didn't do its job, which is to get agents to request ...

15)  ... that one 500 word article on an entire topic isn't going to cut the mustard when it comes to achieving a competitive ranking.

16)  The Market Solution, in this instance, simply does not cut the mustard. It is costly and highly inefficient.

17)  A naive model with one or two time constants really doesn't cut the mustard here.

18)  People like you who can't cut the mustard always blame their failings on ...

19)  We weren't sure that our offbeat procedural first-person adventures would really cut the mustard any more, not with all these high profile beasts stepping into the action.

20)  ... that actually do what they set out to do. They will ALWAYS cut the mustard. The ones that won't are the fake and phony ones that apply for ...