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English definition of “not be/come up to scratch”

not be/come up to scratch

informal
to not be good enough: She told me my work wasn't up to scratch.Not good enough
(Definition of not be/come up to scratch from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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