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up to snuff

Definition of up to snuff

US informal

  1. :  good enough :  as good as expected or wanted <I'm trying to get my math skills up to snuff.> <The performances by the actors were not up to snuff.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

  1. :  the charred part of a candlewick

    :  umbrage, offense

    :  huff

  1. :  to crop the snuff of (a candle) by pinching or by the use of snuffers so as to brighten the light

    :  kill, execute

  1. :  characterized by the sensationalistic depiction of violence

    :  featuring a real rather than a staged murder

  1. :  to draw forcibly through or into the nostrils

    :  scent, smell

    :  to inhale through the nose noisily and forcibly

  1. :  the act of snuffing :  sniff

  1. :  a preparation of pulverized tobacco to be inhaled through the nostrils, chewed, or placed against the gums

    :  the amount of snuff taken at one time

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