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measure up (to someone or something)

to compare well to someone or something. He just doesn't measure up to Sarah in intelligence. This meal doesn't measure up to my expectations.
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measure up

1. Be the equal of, as in Is he a good enough actor to measure up to the other members of the cast? [Early 1900s]
2. Have the qualifications for, be of high enough quality for, as in His latest book hasn't measured up to the reviewers' expectations. [First half of 1900s]
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measure up

v.
To be the equal of something or someone; be of equal or sufficient quality for something or someone: This team easily measures up to any of the others in the league. I wanted the job, but I just didn't measure up.
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