(to be) worth your salt

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - worth your salt

"(to be) worth your salt"

to be effective, efficient and capable;

to justify in productivity the amount that you are paid


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - worth your salt

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  With the corporate takeover we are going to have to fire about forty percent of the staff. Do you have any suggestions?

Colleague 2:  That's going to be difficult.  I suppose we need to decide who is the most efficient and productive in their jobs.

Colleague 1:  OK.  Who is worth their salt, then?

Colleague 2:  Greg has brought in a lot of business and never misses a deadline.

Colleague 1:  OK.  Greg stays.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - worth your salt

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I've never understood why you pay more than half of the rent and your roommate pays less.

Friend 2:  My roommate takes care of all the cleaning and chores around the apartment.

Friend 1:  So, in essence, she earns her rent reduction.

Friend 2:  Without a doubt, she's worth her salt.

(to be) worth your salt - Usage:


(to be) worth your salt - Gerund Form:

Being worth his salt, he was not one of the people fired during the takeover.

(to be) worth your salt - Examples:

1)  As every designer worth their salt knows, the greater the challenge, the greater the satisfaction of overcoming it.

2)  Granted Clichy could have been cleared by a physician, any physician worth their salt when dealing in concussions would NOT have returned this individual with the mechanism of injury ...

3)  Any lawyer worth their salt will charge high rates.

4)  However, any climber worth their salt will make sure that if a fall is likely, the protection in place is ...

5)  Any historian worth their salt can recite Aristotle's famous distinction between poetry and history, ...

6)  Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police ...

7)  ... any geologist worth his salt would not say that fracking will not cause contamination of our groundwater.

8)  ... asked Moore whether questions had been vetted in advance -- which no journalist worth his salt should countenance -- he said most assuredly not.

9)  And so any aspiring manager or executive worth his salt, who worked 40 hours a week or less would not be considered promotable talent ...

10)  ... any conduit tech worth his salt would recognize a power supply when he saw one.

11)  Once inside any clinic worth its salt, the professionalism and respect that all clients receive will make them feel at home.

12)  Any social movement in history worth its salt took decades to actually achieve its goal.

13)  Any company worth its salt wants employees to take vacations, and should be concerned about those who don't.

14)  Like any good film script worth its salt; the occasion had all the necessary pre-requisites.

15)  I think any band that's worth its salt genuinely believes they're the best band in the world, ...

16)  If your hostess is worth her salt, she'll have covered the table in white linen specifically for this purpose.

17)  Once upon a time, no American worth her salt would ever stand for identification papers, gun control, nanny state regulations, ...

18)  Ato, you are worth your salt. You've got all that it takes to reach to the highest ladder in ...

19)  Someone who is worth their salt deserves respect.

20)  ... you can't be a breakfast place worth your salt anywhere in the Quad Cities if you don't have huge cinnamon rolls.