to measure up

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - measure up

"to measure up"

to compare well to something or someone;

to be equal to something or someone;

to be as good as expected


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - measure up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I have been considering putting my name in for the promotion that is opening up but I am not sure I measure up to the other candidates.

Colleague 2: Of course you do. Your skill and ability levels are at least as good if not better than all the others.

Colleague 1: I appreciate the vote of confidence. Maybe I will apply.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - measure up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How does your new cell phone measure up to your old one?

Friend 2: There is no comparison whatsoever. The new phone is at least three times faster and the battery lasts far far longer.

Friend 1: Excellent. Enjoy your super-deluxe new phone.

Friend 2: Thanks.

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to measure up - Usage:


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to measure up - Gerund Form:

Measuring up to his father, the son was ready to run the family business.

to measure up - Examples:

1)  ... California's federally subsidized high-speed train to nowhere, and terminate programs that don't measure up.

2)  Hulu executives said any new original series has to measure up to traditional content.

3)  Take our quiz and see how you measure up.

4)  ... more likely, their success rates may not measure up to national averages and they do not want their stats to be audited.

5)  ... their health than any previous generation. So how could two-thirds of us fail to measure up when it comes to eating right and exercising?

6)  ... to judge, condemn, and even eliminate their neighbors if they fail to measure up to a certain standard of faith and practice ...

7)  That he's scared. And that he knows he won't measure up. It also tells us that he's a moral and professional coward.

8)  Scripts will be judged according to how they measure up to professional submissions. 

9)  If you limit access the health care to those who measure up to your personal standards you're starting down a very slippery slope.

10)  They may regularly send you back to rework something that doesn't measure up.

11)  ... people far beyond your league, and you become horrendously aware that you don't measure up.

12)  You and your soulmate will most likely quickly find that daily life doesn't measure up to a distant fantasy.

13)  Those are big shoes to fill however, and I confess that I don't measure up to his standard there.

14)  It seems such behavior is common among housewives who constantly try to measure up to their husband's success.

15)  I thrive on the dependability of my appliances and this doesn't measure up. When I pay top dollar for something I expect it to work dependably.

16)  ... for a full refund. I never get stuck with something that doesn't measure up to the expectations set by advertising. 

17)  They set the standard that everyone else is still trying to measure up to, more than a quarter century on. 

18)  ... strong feeling about doing things right and I doubted whether I would be able to measure up to his standards of perfection. 

19)  Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God's holiness and His righteous standards.

20)  Students worry about how they will measure up against their peers and if they will stand out from the crowd of thousands ...