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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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It's the public administration that is below par" - Italian minister of public functions Renato Brunetta launching a crackdown on public sector slackers.
A petition has been sent to her record label claiming the current promo for Deja Vu is below par. The petition said: "The video is an underwhelming representation of the talent and quality of previous projects of Ms Knowles.
The next document, "Workforce Projection," is important because it offers a rescue for those contractors whose race and sex composition is below par. It allows you to anticipate compliance by listing, for each job category (brick masons, equipment operators, etc.) your "Current Employees to be Assigned to Contract," both "None-Minority [sic]" (male and female) and "Minority" (male and female), and the "Projected New Hires" in these categories that will bring you into compliance.