not be up to scratch


not be up to scratch
(not) be up to scratch to not be of an acceptable standard or quality.

I'm afraid your last essay wasn't up to scratch.


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  • not come up to scratch — (not) come up to scratch British & Australian (not) be up to scratch to not be of an acceptable standard or quality. Under the new system, we will not continue to employ teachers whose work doesn t come up to scratch …   New idioms dictionary

  • scratch — scratch1 [ skrætʃ ] verb * ▸ 1 rub with your nails ▸ 2 damage surface ▸ 3 produce noise ▸ 4 remove someone/something ▸ 5 decide not to do something ▸ 6 write something quickly ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) intransitive or transitive to pull your nails along… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scratch — I. verb Etymology: Middle English scracchen, probably blend of scratten to scratch and cracchen to scratch Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to scrape or dig with the claws or nails 2. to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scratch — /skrætʃ / (say skrach) verb (t) 1. to break or mark slightly by rubbing, scraping, or tearing with something sharp or rough. 2. to dig, scrape, or to tear (out, off, etc.) with the claws, the nails, etc. 3. to rub or scrape lightly with the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Scratch and Grounder — are a pair of fictional Badnik robots created by Dr. Robotnik as adversaries of Sonic the Hedgehog in the animated series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog . They form the greater part of Robotnik s Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad… …   Wikipedia

  • Scratch Video — was a British video art movement that emerged in the early mid 1980s. It was characterised by the use of found footage, fast cutting and multi layered rhythms. It is significant in that, as a form of outsider art, it challenged many of the… …   Wikipedia

  • scratch your head — phrase to not understand something, or to not know how to deal with it The decision has left many party members scratching their heads. Thesaurus: to not understand, or to misunderstandsynonym Main entry: scratch * * * scratch your head informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scratch Beginnings — is a book by Adam Shepard, a graduate of Merrimack College, about his attempt to live the American Dream. It was conceived as a response to the books Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich.torylineShepard s premise was simple …   Wikipedia

  • scratch — [skrach] vt. [LME scracchen, prob. altered < scratten, to scratch, based on cracchen < or akin to MDu cratsen, to scratch < IE base * gred > Alb gërüj, (I) scratch] 1. to mark, break, or cut the surface of slightly with something… …   English World dictionary

  • Scratch — Scratch, n. 1. A break in the surface of a thing made by scratching, or by rubbing with anything pointed or rough; a slight wound, mark, furrow, or incision. [1913 Webster] The coarse file . . . makes deep scratches in the work. Moxon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English