(to be) up to speed

Idiom Definition

"to be up to speed"

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 speed


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be up to speed

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 speed in no time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be up to speed

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 speed!"


to be up to speed - Usage:


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to be up to speed - Gerund Form:

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

to be up to speed - Examples:

1)  I was trying to get up to speed by reading what I thought was the GOP official site.

2)  We believe we can get him up to speed on PHP by the time he begins kindergarten, if we start early.

3)  I am thankful for sites like this that keep me up to speed and informed, a little at a time.

4)  Here's a refresher course to get you up to speed.

5)  After getting the reader up to speed, she presents some astonishing contemporary research, including evidence of mental activity during sleep.

6)  I'm not up to speed with what is going on in the Russian economy.

7)  You just need to be diligent and you'll be back up to speed in no time.

8) It seems we are now up to speed on what is happening in both worlds. 

9)  The president is always briefed and brought up to speed on all the precautions being taken.

10)  I'm not up to speed on this story.

11) It's time to get up to speed. Blogging is a viable marketing strategy for almost any business now. 

12)  I'd been itching to address those issues and bring our own website up to speed with some of the new ideas we've developed since last year.

13)  The government is waiting till the drug companies get up to speed so they can sell pot.

14)  The mandated change will bring the US up to speed with the rest of the world regarding medical codes.

15)  To get up to speed people need disciplines that develop when they learn calculus and applied physics.

16)  The thing that keeps this nation at all up to speed is creativity.

17)  Technology will play a major role in bringing American education up to speed, Duncan said.

18)  You just have to get up to speed with the lingo and build the biggest puzzle you can imagine.

19)  Others are educating their fellow activists to bring them up to speed.

20)  Since then I have been working extremely hard to get up to speed and now I have a good grasp on our company and our work environment.