Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

up to scratch

up to scratch
1) up to the required standard; satisfactory
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • English/skills/knowledge isn't up to scratch
  • Analysis
    When you say something is 'up to scratch' you mean it is satisfactory, fit for purpose or meets the expected standard. "This car has just been serviced and all of the paperwork is up to scratch." This is an informal colloquial expression which means that something is up-to-date or meets regulations or standards. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Marketa did not get the job as her English was not up to scratch.
    2. If your University application is not up to scratch, you will not receive an offer.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. An inspector is visiting next week to ensure our health and safety procedures are up to scratch.
    2. The client is dissatisfied, they claim the work is not up to scratch and not the high standard they have come to expect from us.
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