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cut the mustard

Definition of cut the mustard


  1. :  to be good enough to succeed or to do what is needed <She tried to join the soccer team, but she couldn't cut the mustard.> <Now that we have computers, typewriters just don't cut the mustard anymore.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

    :  to hurt the feelings of

    :  to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. :  a product of cutting: as

    :  an opening made with an edged instrument

    :  a wound made by something sharp :  gash

  1. :  marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

  1. :  a pungent yellow powder of the seeds of any of several common mustards (Brassica hirta, B. nigra, or B. juncea) used as a condiment or in medicine as a stimulant and diuretic, an emetic, or a counterirritant

    :  zest

    :  any of several herbs (genus Brassica of the family Cruciferae syn. Brassicaceae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods

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