be not up to scratch

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be not up to scratch

To not be as good as what is expected, required, or demanded; to not be 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 scratch. I used to eat there all the time, but to be honest, their food hasn't been up to scratch recently.
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It all played out in front of an ecstatic home crowd who were not shy about reminding him that his performance wasn't up to scratch.
Benteke has gone seven games without a goal - his longest barren run for Villa - and Lambert admits the Belgian international "wasn't up to scratch" on Saturday.
ST JOHNSTONE'S Chris Millar wasn't happy with referee Steven McLean but refused to criticise him on the grounds that his own performance wasn't up to scratch.
All this hype and attention wouldn't mean much if the music wasn't up to scratch, but it is backed up by an invigorating and fresh sound that is a rarity in the current music scene.
This band's drummer - Noel Gallagher - has never been short of a publicity stunt when the music wasn't up to scratch. Even so, splitting up with the wife on the eve of the debut release from his holiday band was a bit extreme.
Potter was also part of the Dunfermline team that earned promotion in 2000 but concedes he wasn't up to scratch.