What does come up to scratch mean?
chiefly British, informal. : good enough : as good as expected or wanted —usually used in negative statements Her performance wasn’t up to scratch.
What is not up to scratch?
phrase. If you say that someone or something is not up to scratch, you mean that they are not good enough.
What does to scratch mean?
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. 3a : to scrape or rub lightly (as to relieve itching) b : to act on (a desire) —used with itch scratch the itch to travel.
What does it mean to scratch out?
: to draw a line through (something that is written down) I scratched out the mistake.
Where did up to scratch come from?
The phrase up to scratch appeared sometime in the mid-1800s, and originated in the sport of boxing. When boxing was bare-knuckled, the opponents were required to stand with their toes against a scratch in the ground at the start of every round.
What does the phrase all right tell us?
If you say that someone or something is all right, you mean that you find them satisfactory or acceptable.
What is the meaning of the idiom throw in the towel?
To quit in defeat. The phrase comes from boxing, in which a fighter indicates surrender by throwing a towel into the ring: “After losing the election, he threw in the towel on his political career.”
Are up to standard?
: good enough His work is not up to standard.
What mean get on with?
Definition of get on with (something or someone)
1 : to continue doing (something) I didn’t mean to interrupt you. I’ll let you get on with your work. You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself and just get on with your life. This introduction is taking forever. I wish they’d just get on with it the play.
Why do we say from scratch?
Out of nothing comes something. To create something from scratch is to make it without any ingredients or materials prepared ahead of time. The scratch in from scratch originally referred to the starting line of a race “scratched” into the ground, from which all runners would be starting without a head start.
What does Scatch mean?
Filters. A kind of bit for the bridle of a horse. noun.