Definition of up to scratch in English:

up to scratch

phrase

  • Up to the required standard; satisfactory.

    ‘her German was not up to scratch’
    • ‘If it's not quite up to scratch, £1,000 invested in getting it to look its best could make a big difference.’
    • ‘Tony says that he is feeling ‘fine’ at the moment and that he is trying to keep his health and fitness up to scratch.’
    • ‘For instance, the sound system was not up to scratch and I did not feel comfortable performing with bad sound.’
    • ‘It's nice to know that someone thinks my writing is up to scratch!’
    • ‘There are many cases on record of writers who have written three or four novels before they produced one which even they thought was up to scratch.’
    • ‘We say so because responses to emergencies like fire outbreaks and accidents are simply not up to scratch.’
    • ‘The light must be bright to help you adjust, Standard indoor lighting is not up to scratch.’
    • ‘To do that, they need the money to bring those services up to scratch.’
    • ‘Irish schools require an investment programme amounting to an estimated 2.5 billion to bring them up to scratch.’
    • ‘Are spelling standards and vocabulary up to scratch in Southland schools?’
    good enough, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, passable, sufficient, competent, all right
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