not cut the mustard

not cut the mustard

To not be at a satisfactory or requisite level; to not successfully complete or accomplish a desired or expected result. The underdog gave a brilliant performance in the ring, but he just could not cut the mustard against the returning champion. I have to warn you, Jenkins, your last few reports haven't quite cut the mustard. You're going to need to improve if you want to keep your job here.
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not cut the mustard

If someone or something doesn't cut the mustard, they are not of an acceptable standard. He's certainly a fine writer but as a director, he doesn't quite cut the mustard. For me, neither show quite cuts the mustard. Note: Less commonly, you hear people say that someone or something can cut the mustard, meaning that they are of a good standard. The thirty-year-old striker is keen to prove that he can still cut the mustard. Note: In the United States, `mustard' used to be slang for `the best' or `the genuine article'.
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Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic, two of the more recent signings, simply have not cut the mustard.
However, that would not cut the mustard for children of today.
Nuno conceded his side had not cut the mustard against the streetwise Championship pacesetters yet vowed not to change style on the back of a first setback.
We need to see decisive action from the Welsh Government and a recognition that stringent cattle controls and additional biosecurity will not cut the mustard on their own.
I love this idea of recycling old postcards and agree totally with Jean that the modern trend for a collective email greeting just does not cut the mustard.
Some courts have concluded that such letters, lacking an explanation why coverage may not be owed, do not cut the mustard, no matter how many times they may use the words "reservation of rights.
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.
However, this may not cut the mustard with the two- judge bench.
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.
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.
Even the ALDE group's proposal for zero growth in real terms for the EU's 2012 budget (see Europolitics 4214) would 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.
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".