Meaning of “up to scratch” in the English Dictionary

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"up to scratch" in British English

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up to scratch

C2 reaching an acceptable standard:

Your last essay wasn't up to scratch/didn't come up to scratch.

(Definition of “up to scratch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"up to scratch" in American English

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up to scratch

as good as the usual standard:

The last few episodes of the TV program haven’t been quite up to scratch.

(Definition of “up to scratch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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