worth one's salt


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worth (one's) salt

Warranting respect in a certain field or area, typically because one does one's job well. Used directly after the person or thing being described. Any teacher worth his salt is able to inspire his students. I'm confident enough to know I'm worth my salt around here. I make a lot of money for this company.
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worth one’s salt

mod. worth (in productivity) what it costs to keep one. You’re not worth your salt. Pack up!
See also: salt, worth
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