not up to snuff

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not up to snuff

Not acceptable or satisfactory; not attaining a particular standard. Your papers have been very good all semester, but, frankly, this one is not up to snuff. A: "How's your dinner?" B: "It's really not up to snuff with this place's usual standard."
See also: not, snuff, to, up
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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, to, up
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You would be astonished if the web site of multi-Stirling Prize winner practice, Wilkinson Eyre, wasn't up to snuff. So no surprises then that its new version, designed by ID Media London, is pretty good indeed.
Another documentary denied airtime by PBS - Building Bombs, nominated for a 1990 Academy Award - was turned down by PBS because "it just wasn't up to snuff," said Lawson.