make the grade


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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

to be good enough An excuse like “I didn't call because I couldn't find your number” doesn't make the grade for most women.
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make the grade

to succeed at something, usually because your skills are good enough (often negative) He wanted to get into medical school but he failed to make the grade.
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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

To measure up to a given standard.
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