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be below par

To be below average; to be not as good as desired, required, or expected. This essay you turned in on Friday is really below par. Has something been distracting you from your studies recently? Our food was rather uninteresting, and the service was really below par. I honestly don't understand why this restaurant is so popular!
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be below/under ˈpar

less well, good, etc. than is usual or expected: I’ve been feeling rather below par recently — I think it’s time I took a break.His performance at the concert was well under par.
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We were below par, full stop, and need to move on and perform better.
3 : a usual or average level <His grades were below par.
We were below par bowling, we were below par fielding as we were below par batting.
Newcastle were below par, but who cares ( as long as you get three points in the derby.
Stranraer manager Billy McLaren conceded County deserved their win and said: "We had too many players who were below par.
We were below par for long periods," Steele admitted.