Definition of make the grade in English:

make the grade

phrase

informal
  • Succeed; reach the desired standard.

    • ‘It's our politicians' image and style that aren't making the grade in the new post modern politics.’
    • ‘Only 600 establishments have made the grade and only those who surpass the high entry standards are eligible to compete for the national awards.’
    • ‘Also, making the grade, education in America, our special report tonight on where the best and worst teachers in the country end up working and why.’
    • ‘Now that it's clear how you deserve to be treated, what do you do if you decide a friendship isn't making the grade?’
    • ‘His story is typical of many Asian doctors working in Scotland but, until now, such complaints have been dismissed by many as excuses for not making the grade.’
    • ‘The Indians came through the tough Olympic qualifying competitions before making the grade.’
    • ‘She quickly made the grade for England and reached the quarter-finals of the world championships in Thailand last year.’
    • ‘We look at why America's schools aren't making the grade.’
    • ‘It is, of course, a big step up from playing regularly for the national Under-21 side to making the grade at full international level.’
    • ‘League tables released by the government today show that more pupils than ever scored five or more A - C grade GCSEs last year, with 51.5 per cent making the grade.’
    come up to standard, come up to scratch, qualify, pass, pass muster, measure up, measure up to expectation
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