up to scratch: meaning and explanation
If something is up to scratch then it is at the required or acceptable standard.
This expression is usually used negatively, to say that something is not good enough, or does not meet the required standard. e.g. He tries hard, but I’m afraid his results just aren’t up to scratch.
Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?
Accent: England (RP)
Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- Can you remember an example of a time when you had to deal with something that just wasn’t up to scratch? What did you do?
- Has there ever been a time when your work or performance wasn’t up to scratch?