not cut the mustard

not cut the mustard

not satisfactory or right for the situation Cutting taxes for the rich doesn't cut the mustard with most middle-class people.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form cut the mustard: When you're a kid, you always think you have to prove that you can cut the mustard.
Related vocabulary: not cut it
See also: cut, mustard, not
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Camra would be better off facing the reality that many of the pubs that shut simply do not cut the mustard and are not long mourned.
Derisory incentives offered in the form of cheap sweets will not cut the mustard.
However, this may not cut the mustard with the two- judge bench.
But trust me, gents, a new iron, a mop and bucket or a brochure for the latest washing machine will not cut the mustard.
He looked likely to complete the hat-trick until parting company with dougie Costello in Musselburgh''''s Scottish Triumph Hurdle, but although he headed to Cheltenham as a lively outsider for the Triumph itself, he could not cut the mustard, trailing home in 12th position.
Four fell at the first qualifying hurdle at the weekend, having mustered a princely total of ten games between them, which really did not cut the mustard, and another two main draw wild cards genuflected yesterday.
Gyan unexpectedly left on loan, his hunger for money outweighing his debt to Wearside, and his replacement, the on-loan Nicklas Bendtner, has not cut the mustard.
FORMER Wales international Robbie Savage would not cut the mustard with Wrexham according to a jovial player-boss Andy Morrell after he watched the now retired midfielder in training yesterday.
But he did offer up a tacit admission that his big but ponderous midfield of Tindall and Shontayne hape had not cut the mustard.
Bond struggled in his wildcard match with Jin Long, finally getting on top to win 5-3, but worryingly for his supporters Bond could only construct a high break of 47 which will simply not cut the mustard against a player of Higgins' calibre.
HE saw Michael Chopra arrive at Newcastle's Academy as an eight-year-old and, as youth team director, had to fight to keep Andy Carroll at St James's Park after the youngster was told he could not cut the mustard as a striker.
Psychologist Anne Ellis also claimed that the Prime Minister's personality "just does not cut the mustard in popularity stakes", warning he may lose the next election to a "much more pleasant personality".
Elections are won these days on personalities and Gordon's just does not cut the mustard in popularity stakes.
They had been treated to some superb cars in the past such as the great RM, but the Pathfinder of the 1950s, brother to the Wolseley 6/90, just did not cut the mustard with the traditionalists.
Mr Nolan said success was also achieved by being "hard on staff", and admitted those who did not cut the mustard were forced to leave.