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worth one's salt

Definition of worth one's salt

  1. :  worthy of ordinary respect —used to say what should be expected from someone who does a job properly, from something that is as good as it should be, etc. <A detective writer worth his salt keeps his readers from solving the mystery.> <Any doctor worth her salt would have advised you to get a second opinion before having major surgery.>



Word by Word Definitions

worthplay
  1. :  become

  1. :  having monetary or material value

    :  estimable

  1. :  monetary value

    :  the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

    :  the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held

  1. :  equal in value to

    :  having assets or income equal to

    :  deserving of

saltplay
  1. :  a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry —called also common salt

    :  a substance (as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt

    :  a mineral or saline mixture (as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic

  1. :  to treat, provide, or season with common salt

    :  to preserve (food) with salt or in brine

    :  to supply (as an animal) with salt

  1. :  saline, salty

    :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet

    :  cured or seasoned with salt :  salted

  1. :  lustful, lascivious


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