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be below par

To be below average; to be not as good as desired, required, or expected. This essay you turned in on Friday is really below par. Has something been distracting you from your studies recently? Our food was rather uninteresting, and the service was really below par. I honestly don't understand why this restaurant is so popular!
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be below par

  also not be up to par
1. to be below the usual or expected standard His performance yesterday was definitely below par. For some reason her work this week hasn't been up to par.
2. to be slightly ill Do you mind if we put our meeting off till tomorrow? I'm feeling a bit below par today. After a sleepless night, I wasn't quite up to par.
See also: below, par