(to be) up to snuff

Idiom Definition

"to be up to snuff"

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 snuff


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be up to snuff

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 snuff in no time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be up to snuff

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 snuff!"


to be up to snuff - Usage:


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to be up to snuff - Gerund Form:

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

to be up to snuff - Examples:

1)  If you believe that your arguments are up to snuff, why not try them out in Haiti?

2)  I too hope the quality of this book is up to snuff.

3)  Its image quality didn't really seem up to snuff, so I lost interest. 

4)  If they're not up to snuff, the cold temperatures start to freeze the battery acid 

5)  An astonishing number of high school-aged kids are not up to snuff on immunizations.

6)  I just hope it has a camera that's up to snuff with what's out there today.

7)  City and state officials are confident that the levy system is up to snuff and there will be no breaking or breaching of these flood-stopping structures.

8)  It estimates that $2.2 trillion must be spent simply to bring the infrastructure up to snuff, not modernize it say with a smart grid.

9)  I'm not naive enough to believe that our modern-day politicians are all up to snuff on every aspect of the bills on which they vote.

10)  But it's definitely not up to snuff quite yet compared to the competition in that particular area.

11)  If your skills aren't up to snuff, ask yourself what you can do to improve them.

12)  But I feel like RPG's just aren't up to snuff when compared to games in other genres.

13)  I'm not satisfied that standards of professionalism are up to snuff.

14) The President is right that our schools are not currently up to snuff

15)  Gates berated him for suggesting that the operating system wasn't up to snuff.

16)  When I tried a different place over the weekend it just wasn't up to snuff in my mind.

17)  All they care about is that their home theatre is up to snuff.

18)  Keeping your gut health in check is important to keeping your immune system up to snuff.

19)  I really didn't have to make many suggestions to get his profile up to snuff.

20)  And how can you read all the papers and keep up to snuff if you serve on umpteen boards?