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not up to par

Not as good as what was expected, required, or demanded; not satisfactory or adequate. Jim, I know you've been going through a tough time since your wife passed, but these reports just aren't up to par. I used to eat there all the time, but to be honest, their food hasn't been up to par recently.
See also: not, par, up

be under par

To be below average; to be not as good as desired, required, or expected. This essay you turned in on Friday is really under par, Stevens. Has something been distracting you from your studies recently? Our food was rather uninteresting, and the service was really under par. I honestly don't understand why this restaurant is so popular! I'm a bit under par this morning, boss. I don't think I can make it in to work today!
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under par

Below average; not as good as desired, required, or expected. This essay you turned in on Friday is really under par, Stevens. Has something been distracting you from your studies recently? Our food was rather uninteresting, and the service was really under par. I honestly don't understand why this restaurant is so popular! I'm feeling a bit under par this morning, boss. I don't think I can make it in to work today!
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above par

better than average or normal. His work is above par, so he should get paid better.
See also: above, par

below par

not as good as average or normal. I feel a little below par today. I think I am getting a cold. His work is below par, and he is paid too much money.
See also: below, par

on par (with someone or something)

equal to someone or something. Your effort is simply not on par with what's expected from you. These two departments are right on par in productivity.
See also: on, par

par for the course

typical; about what one could expect. (This refers to golf courses, not school courses.) So he went off and left you? Well that's about par for the course. He's no friend. I worked for days on this proposal, but it was rejected. That's par for the course around here.
See also: course, par

up to par

Fig. as good as the standard or average; up to standard. I'm just not feeling up to par today. I must be coming down with something. The manager said that the report was not up to par and gave it back to Mary to do over again.
See also: par, up

on a par with somebody/something

also on par with somebody/something
at the same level as someone or something With their win today, the Rangers are now on a par with the Orioles in the team rankings.
Related vocabulary: up to scratch
See also: on, par

par for the course

what should be expected because of past experience The school budget is going to be cut again this year, but then that's par for the course.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of par for the course ( the expected number of times a good player in golf will hit the ball to get it in all the holes)
See also: course, par

up to par

at the usual or expected standard up to the mark When your work is up to par we can review your salary again. Are your computer skills up to par?
Usage notes: often used in the form not up to par: She hasn't been up to par since the beginning of last week.
Related vocabulary: at (a) low ebb
See also: par, up

be below par

  also not be up to par
1. to be below the usual or expected standard His performance yesterday was definitely below par. For some reason her work this week hasn't been up to par.
2. to be slightly ill Do you mind if we put our meeting off till tomorrow? I'm feeling a bit below par today. After a sleepless night, I wasn't quite up to par.
See also: below, par

be par for the course

if the way something happens or is done is par for the course, it happens or is done as you would expect, especially when you do not think this is very good
Usage notes: In golf, par is the number of times you would expect to hit the ball in order to get it in the hole.
'Gareth was half an hour late.' 'That's just par for the course, isn't it?'
See also: course, par

somebody/something par excellence

someone or something par excellence is the best or most extreme example of its type China is the destination par excellence for the young and trendy these days.
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below par

Also, under par. Not up to the average, normal, or desired standard. For example, I am feeling below par today, but I'm sure I'll recover by tomorrow. This term employs par in the sense of "an average amount or quality," a usage dating from the late 1700s.
See also: below, par

on a par with

As good as, equal to, as in This violinist may be an amateur but he's on a par with professional orchestral players. The noun par has meant "that which is equal" since the mid-1600s; the idiom here was first recorded in 1832.
See also: on, par

par for the course

An average or normal amount; just what one might expect. For example, I missed three questions, but that's par for the course. This term comes from golf, where it refers to the number of strokes needed by an expert golfer to finish the entire course. Its figurative use for other kinds of expectation dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: course, par

up to par

Also, up to scratch or snuff or speed or the mark . Satisfactory, up to a given standard, as in She didn't feel up to par today so she stayed home, or I'm sure he'll come up to scratch when the time comes, or She's up to snuff again. Nearly all the versions of this idiom come from sports, par from golf, scratch and mark from boxing (after being knocked down a fighter had eight seconds to make his way to a mark scratched in the center of the ring), and speed from racing. However, the allusion in the variant with snuff, which dates from the early 1800s, has been lost.
See also: par, up

par for the course

Usual; typical: Unfortunately, such short-sightedness is par for the course these days.
See also: course, par
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