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make the grade

To satisfy a certain standard; to succeed. He submitted some writing samples, but I'm not quite sure these make the grade. I was unsure about being able to make the grade as a salesperson, but my numbers speak for themselves now.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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make the grade

succeed; reach the desired standard. informal
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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?
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make the grade

To measure up to a given standard.
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Blackpool's South Beach made the grade - the first in the area to win approval.
Fellow judge Geri Halliwell infuriated one hopeful young mum by asking her if she was prepared for the sacrifices of stardom before bluntly telling she had not made the grade anyway.
But Cole, 20, has no intention of banging on manager Arsene Wenger's door demanding a new contract because he still insists that he has not made the grade.
It was time to check out some of my local restaurants to see if they had made the grade.
While 25 companies that were on CRN's 2005 Fast-Growth 100 ranking made the grade again this year, sheer ingenuity and investment savvy propelled 75 new solution providers to growth rates worthy of the final cut.
Thirty per cent of pupils made the grade compared to just seven per cent in 1996.
But supermodels who have made the grade in Hollywood are few and far between.
Only the rabbit (of a rabbit, pork and chicken choice; there were also venison and beef available) really made the grade.
Notwithstanding his frequent drug and health problems, Crosby, 58, made the grade because Etheridge is a fan.
Old rookies just haven't made the grade in the LAPD.