Definition of up to scratch in English:

up to scratch


  • 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.’
    • ‘To do that, they need the money to bring those services 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.’
    • ‘The light must be bright to help you adjust, Standard indoor lighting is not up to scratch.’
    • ‘Are spelling standards and vocabulary up to scratch in Southland schools?’
    • ‘We say so because responses to emergencies like fire outbreaks and accidents are simply not up to scratch.’
    • ‘Irish schools require an investment programme amounting to an estimated 2.5 billion to bring them up to scratch.’
    • ‘It's nice to know that someone thinks my writing is up to scratch!’
    • ‘For instance, the sound system was not up to scratch and I did not feel comfortable performing with bad sound.’
    good enough, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, passable, sufficient, competent, all right
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