up to scratch

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of up to scratch

chiefly British, informal
:good enough :as good as expected or wanted usually used in negative statements
  • Her performance wasn't up to scratch.

Word by Word Definitions

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

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

scratch play
  1. : to scrape or dig with the claws or nails

  2. : to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or jagged

  3. : to scrape or rub lightly (as to relieve itching)

  1. : a mark or injury produced by scratching

  2. : scrawl, scribble

  3. : the sound made by scratching

  1. : arranged or put together with little selection : haphazard

  2. : made as or used for a tentative effort

  3. : made or done by chance and not as intended


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