(to be) up to scratch

Idiom Definition

"to be up to scratch"

to be as good as something or someone needs to be;

to meet a minimum standard or level of quality

Idiom Definition - to be up to scratch


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be up to scratch

Bernie is a student in university. He has been called into his professor's office for a talk about his performance this semester.

Professor:  Hello Bernie. How are you?

Bernie:  Just fine, professor, thank you.

Professor:  Good.   Listen, the reason I asked you to see me today is that I have been reviewing your work for this semester. You have not been doing well, Bernie. You have not turned in two assignments and your test scores have been low.    Your work is just not up to speed.  I am worried that you may fail this course.

Bernie:  Wow!  That's not good, sir.  I will work harder and apply myself and improve my work.

Professor:  Excellent, Bernie.  I am sure that you will be back up to scratch in no time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be up to scratch

James has quit smoking recently.  Since going on the wagon, he likes to keep busy.  Today, James is working in the yard.  He has decided to prune some of the trees that have become very overgrown.  He wants to try out his new tool for cutting tree branches.    James removes the first tree branch.  The branch is cut off reasonably well.  There are only a few ragged edges.  James did not have to use excessive force.  James remarks to himself...

"Not bad!  The performance of my new cutters is up to scratch!"


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to be up to scratch - Gerund Form:

Being up to scratch can mean that you are feeling well enough.

to be up to scratch - Examples:

1)  As hiring managers we all have to ensure that our interviewing skills are up to scratch.

2) She spends her time helping others to get their start-up online businesses up to scratch using step by step guides and handy tips. 

3)  The F2012 was once again not up to scratch during qualifying as Alonso could only manage the seventh fastest time.

4)  The plot could perhaps have worked had the writing been up to scratch.

5)  I was expecting fresh crab meat, this wasn't up to scratch.

6)  Does he ever complain when that personal service doesn't come up to scratch?

7)  Keep your golf up to scratch on the driving range.

8)  You'd need to make sure your targeting computer was up to scratch because it often seemed like you were up against the Empire's best pilots.

9)  It was only when her performance was deemed to not be up to scratch that her mangers decided to look more closely at her CV!

10)  I spied Tom Singh owner of NewLook, checking the merchandise was up to scratch.

11)  Spanish translations in both google and babelfish are not up to scratch (I tested it).

12)  There were some more stand out players that weren't up to scratch, and I don't feel Arshavin was one of them.

13)  I cant help but feel like my posts and photos are not up to scratch.

14)  My biggest concern is that the initial content on offer isn't up to scratch.

15)  The staff speak a bit of English if your Spanish isn't up to scratch.

16)  Go on and impress the world -- assuming your education is up to scratch, a Masters' should not be hard to swing.

17)  Use Lee's tips to make sure your online marketing strategy is up to scratch.

18)  We were none of us up to scratch on seventy-year-old foreign history.

19)  I'm working on getting my photography up to scratch and would love to be a heartfelt photographer.

20)  I think it is important for people who believe that something is not up to scratch for a forum site to say so clearly.