grade

(redirected from graded)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to graded: Graded bedding, Graded potential, graded response

above (one's) pay grade

1. The responsibility of those who are of a higher authority than oneself, denoted by the level of pay that one receives in comparison to one's superiors. All these questions you're asking are above your pay grade. He had some great ideas about how to run the company, but contributing such things was above his pay grade.
2. Above or beyond one's general skill, knowledge, ability, or willingness to participate. He soon realized that the details of the IT development project were a bit above his pay grade. Sorry, fishing garbage out of the lake is above my pay grade.
See also: above, grade, pay

beyond (one's) pay grade

1. The responsibility of those who are of a higher authority than oneself, denoted by the level of pay which one receives in comparison to one's superiors. All these questions you're asking are beyond your pay grade. He had some great ideas about how to run the company, but contributing such things was beyond his pay grade.
2. Above or beyond one's skill, knowledge, ability, or willingness to participate. He soon realized that the details of the IT development project were a bit beyond his pay grade. Sorry, fishing garbage out of the lake is beyond my pay grade.
See also: beyond, grade, pay

at grade

On the same level. Typically said of streets and railroad tracks. A: "Is the train station up on the hill? Because I don't know that I can make it all the way up there!" B: "No, don't worry, the station is at grade with the street."
See also: grade

up to grade

Meeting a necessary standard. I don't think this product is up to grade—it shouldn't break down this quickly.
See also: grade, up

grade someone down (on something)

to give someone a low ranking, rating, or score on some performance. I had to grade you down on your essay because of your spelling. Please don't grade me down for a minor mistake.
See also: down, grade

make the grade

to be satisfactory; to be what is expected. I'm sorry, but your work doesn't exactly make the grade. This meal doesn't just make the grade. It is excellent.
See also: grade, make

make the grade

Satisfy the requirements, qualify; also, succeed. For example, Angela hoped her work in the new school would make the grade, or Barbara certainly has made the grade as a trial lawyer. This expression uses grade in the sense of "accepted standard." [c. 1900]
See also: grade, make

make the grade

COMMON If you make the grade, you succeed at something, usually by reaching a particular standard. As a child, she wanted to be a dancer but failed to make the grade. Top public schools have failed to make the grade in a recently published league table of academic results. Note: In American English, a `grade' is a slope. This expression was originally used in connection with United States railways to refer to a train which succeeded in climbing a steep section of track.
See also: grade, make

make the grade

succeed; reach the desired standard. informal
See also: grade, make

make the ˈgrade

(informal) reach a high enough standard in an exam, a job, etc: You’ll never make the grade if you don’t work hard before the exams.Do you think she’ll ever make the grade as a journalist?
See also: grade, make

grade down

v.
To give someone a lower rank or score, usually with respect to something evaluated: The teacher graded me down on my English test because of my terrible penmanship. The driving instructor graded down our group because we weren't listening.
See also: down, grade

grade-grubber

1. n. an earnest, hardworking student. (In the way a pig roots or grubs around for food.) If there are too many grade-grubbers in a class, it will really throw off the grading scale.
2. n. a student who flatters the teacher in hopes of a higher grade. A few grade-grubbers help assure old professors that the world is not really changing at all.

grade-grubbing

1. n. working hard at one’s studies in hopes of a high grade. If all you’re here for is grade-grubbing, you’re going to miss a lot.
2. n. flattering a teacher in hopes of a higher grade. Some teachers don’t mind a lot of grade-grubbing.
3. mod. having to do with students who are only concerned with getting high grades. Two grade-grubbing seniors came in and begged me to change their grades.

make the grade

To measure up to a given standard.
See also: grade, make
References in periodicals archive ?
In the end, the graded schools tax was approved in the new Wilson school district by a vote of 284 to 78, but not as a result of any groundswell of support for education, much less taxation.
In September, the Graded School for white children reopened its doors with 280 children in attendance, about the same number as in September the previous year but considerably less than the high in attendance of 449 recorded in March 1883.
In the fall of 1883, he transformed his school into the Wilson Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies so as to take advantage of the white Graded School's lack of courses in art and music.
Shortly thereafter, the Wilson graded schools, both black and white, were closed, thus ending an era of dramatic innovation in Wilson.
An equally important consequence of the short-lived establishment of graded schools in Wilson lay in an ideological legacy that would prove useful to advocates of Progressive education in North Carolina after the turn of the century.
Moreover, Daniels' assertion that no distinctions of caste had been made in the graded schools is simply false.
Finally, the new graded schools drew in children of all kinds, ostensibly offering each an equal opportunity to develop themselves.
Graded schools that separated blacks from whites, yet remained under the financial control of a white board of education could never be operated wholly in the interests of black children.
African Americans in Wilson, on the one hand, desperately wanted good schooling for their children, so much so that at least some were willing to vote for a graded school tax rooted deeply in segregation.
The editor of the Wilson Advance, Josephus Daniels actually began the graded school campaign with a short article in his newspaper on February 27, 1880, that reported on the founding of graded schools in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro.
On the organization of graded schools in the larger towns in North Carolina see William Eskridge King, "The Era of Progressive Reform in Southern Education: The Growth of Public Schools in North Carolina, 1885-1910," Ph.
In 1881, the Graded School Executive Committee all lived in or near Wilson and included T.
There is no record of who attended the Graded School, except lists printed in the local newspaper of students who made the honor roll.
For a list of texts used in the Wilson Graded School see Wilson Advance, September 2, 1881.