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make the grade

To satisfy a certain standard; to succeed. He submitted some writing samples, but I'm not quite sure these make the grade. I was unsure about being able to make the grade as a salesperson, but my numbers speak for themselves now.
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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

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

COMMON If you make the grade, you succeed at something, usually by reaching a particular standard. As a child, she wanted to be a dancer but failed to make the grade. Top public schools have failed to make the grade in a recently published league table of academic results. Note: In American English, a `grade' is a slope. This expression was originally used in connection with United States railways to refer to a train which succeeded in climbing a steep section of track.
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make the grade

succeed; reach the desired standard. informal
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make the ˈgrade

(informal) reach a high enough standard in an exam, a job, etc: You’ll never make the grade if you don’t work hard before the exams.Do you think she’ll ever make the grade as a journalist?
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make the grade

To measure up to a given standard.
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The Making the Grade campaign used a series of measures including letters of support from the authority and postcards with advice being send to pupils to motivate them to achieve.
Middle schools fared about the same with 8 percent meeting math and English goals while the percentage of high schools making the grade soared to 50 percent from 19 percent.
Low SFA utilization in the field has contributed to over 50 percent of SFA deployments not making the grade.
We're assessing why some companies are making the grade and others aren't," said Laura Patterson, president of VisionEdge Marketing.
New standardized test requirements put added pressure on students with learning disabilities, but with innovative technology like Kurzweil 3000 these students have an equal chance of making the grade on the test," added Sokol.
Not only are today's college students tech-savvy and fashion-conscious, they're also making the grade while receiving their own paychecks.
SANTA CLARITA - This city that prides itself as a great place to raise a family, touting its low crime rate and award-winning schools, isn't making the grade, according to a national study released Monday.