not up to snuff

not up to snuff

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 snuff. I used to eat there all the time, but to be honest, their food hasn't been up to snuff recently.
See also: not, snuff, up

not up to scratch and not up to snuff

Fig. not adequate. Sorry, your paper isn't up to scratch. Please do it over again. The performance was not up to snuff.
See also: and, not, scratch, snuff, up
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However, he clearly wanted to let the bishops know once again that ICEL translators are not up to snuff and that the group needs a complete overhaul.
And finally, there's a manageable way to get repair shops that are not up to snuff off the carrier's list of vendors: Simply unplug them from the carrier's Internet platform.
If the FTC decides that Koren's evidence is not up to snuff, it can impose ruinous fines: up to $10,000 per violation, with each copy of a pamphlet counted as a violation.