can't cut the mustard

can't cut the mustard

1. slang Unable to work or operate in a satisfactory manner. I need a new worker from the temp agency—the one you sent over keeps mixing up orders and just can't cut the mustard. This toaster can't cut the mustard anymore. No matter what setting you choose, your toast comes out charred!
2. slang Unable to work or act with energy and enthusiasm. That guy looks like he's 110 years old—I'm sure he can't cut the mustard stocking shelves all day!
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That's not to say it can't cut the mustard out of town.
But there is no point shining on some muddy field on a Thursday morning if you can't cut the mustard on a Saturday afternoon.
But for those who can't cut the mustard, it's rags rather than riches and the Sky Blues must do all they can to ensure that next season the likes of Leicester, Wolves and West Ham come to Coventry rather than Chesterfield or Doncaster Rovers.
hat st e r Warnock (right) has regularly shown that he can't cut the mustard at the top level - though not as regularly as QPR - and Bet365 offer just 8-11 that his next job is in the Championship.
Of course the poor chap who is the protagonist in the song is the loser and it seems he can't cut the mustard as well as the man who walks away in the morning and Delilah is one of the femme fatales of the Bible, starting with Eve.
The miserable truth is that many of our celebs just can't cut the mustard in the cut throat and disloyal world of the London TV industry.
Ladybird Books are cutting down on staff and production because Janet and John can't cut the mustard with children any more.
The Rangers striker scores the majority of his goals against teams like Hamilton and Inverness and simply can't cut the mustard against the very best.
WE need to buy proven quality players and ship out the likes of Dyer, Bramble and Viana who can't cut the mustard at the top level.
Indian assembly plants can't cut the mustard, so quality is way below usual Japanese standards.
Because what the producer is really saying is this - ``If this show flops, at least they won't be able to accuse me of hiring someone who can't cut the mustard anymore.
It's comforting to know that your standards for hiring teachers will be pivotal in weeding out those teachers who just can't cut the mustard.
Recruiters are using assessment centres as a valuable tool to weed out those who look good on paper but can't cut the mustard in real life.
The Dunston Rocket admits he probably can't cut the mustard in the Premiership with Wolves but can "still do a job for someone".
Anna Kournikova cuts a dash when she's off court but she can't cut the mustard on it; FROM RUSSIA WITH LUST.
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