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Meaning of "up to scratch" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UP TO SCRATCH

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UP TO SCRATCH

up the ante
up the boohai
up the creek
up the duff
up the pole
up the spout
up to
up to a point
up to date
up to high doh
up to one´s ears
up to one´s eyes
up to one´s neck in
up to putty
up to snuff
up to speed
up to the elbows with
up to the minute
up top
up with

WORDS THAT END LIKE UP TO SCRATCH

backscratch
batch
catch
cratch
dispatch
fob watch
fratch
from scratch
hatch
latch
match
mismatch
officer of the watch
on the watch
patch
scratch
snatch
swatch
watch
wristwatch

Synonyms and antonyms of up to scratch in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «up to scratch» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UP TO SCRATCH

Find out the translation of up to scratch to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of up to scratch from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «up to scratch» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

达到标准
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

a la altura
570 millions of speakers

English

up to scratch
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

खरोंच करने के लिए
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يصل إلى الصفر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

до нуля
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

até zero
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্ক্র্যাচ পর্যন্ত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

à la hauteur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sehingga awal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

bis zu kratzen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

水準に達して
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

스크래치 까지
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nganti ngeruk
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lên đến đầu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கீறல் வரை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्क्रॅच पर्यंत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Sıfıra kadar
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fino a zero
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

do zera
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

до нуля
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

până la zero
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μέχρι και το μηδέν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

om te krap
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

upp till början
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

opp til scratch
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of up to scratch

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UP TO SCRATCH»

The term «up to scratch» is regularly used and occupies the 85.034 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UP TO SCRATCH» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about up to scratch

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UP TO SCRATCH»

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Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms
... would it be better to start from scratch? up to scratch at an acceptable standard or quality ♢ We're giving him a week to bring the team up to scratch, usage: often used in the form not up to scratch: I'm afraid your last essay wasn't up to scratch.
Paul Heacock, 2003
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
9 initiate the briefest investigation to discover something concealed. up to scratch up to the required standard; satisfactory. you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours if you do me a favour, I will return it. proverb screaming give someone the ...
John Ayto, 2010
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The Chambers Dictionary
... up to scratch (fig) to reach an expected standard; to fulfil an obligation; start from scratch (fig) lo start at the beginning; to embark on (a task, career, etc) without any advantages, experience or without any preparatory work having been done; ...
Allied Chambers, 1998
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Cassell英语常用词组用法词典
Jt- i&sS^sKjf W (Scratch the surface and you'll find some very shady goings-on. to start from scratch H START up to scratch iHSlJtf¥a)cWAt< (Her work was not up to scratch, fft X ^ ^ a" you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours screw to have a ...
Rosalind Fergusson, 2003
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Oxford Thesaurus of English
... cut, laceration, wound. 2 there was a large dent in the panel and a scratch in the paint: score, mark, line, abrasion, scrape, scuff, laceration, groove, gash, gouge. 1 up to scratch the workmanship once again is up to scratch: good enough, ...
Maurice Waite, 2009
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Beckett Versus Beckett
Well, this is a grave man who is writing our story here, a man who believes that, if his dead Papa could see him, he would find his "corpse not yet quite up to scratch". To "come up to scratch" is a term from the old days of bare knuckle boxing.
Marius Buning, 1998
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Advanced Learner's Dictionary
4 itchy, start from scratch start from the very beginning, up to scratch (informal) up to standard. < probably of Germanic origin. SEE PANEL scrawl (skr.i:!) vb, a (write in) awkward, careless handwriting. < origin unknown. scrawny ( 'skrrrm ) adj ...
Turton, 1998
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Untitled
"idioms from scratch from the beginning, without using anything that already exists: Ben built the shed from scratch. . up to scratch reaching an acceptable standard: Your last essay wasn't up to scratch/didn't come up to scratch. " adjective uk ...
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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins
The expression up to scratch, meaning 'up to the required standard', also comes from this practice, as originally it referred to someone who was good enough to start from the scratch line. Napoleon had bad experiences in Russia. In 1812 the  ...
Julia Cresswell, 2010
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Practical Everyday English: A New Method of Learning ...
To be/COme/get Up tO Scratch (To be/make something good enough, as good as it should be - often used in the negative) Examples: • / can get by in Spanish, but my French is not quite up to scratch. • The new ABC computer has a lot of ...
Steven Collins, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UP TO SCRATCH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term up to scratch is used in the context of the following news items.
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Home Wi-Fi isn't up to scratch for many in the UK
Home Wi-Fi isn't up to scratch for many in the UK. Darren Allan. Darren's latest articles... View Darren's profile. 21/07/2015. By Darren Allan, CONTRIBUTING ... «ITProPortal, Jul 15»
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Lecturers' skills not up to scratch, says Eton head
The outgoing headmaster of one of the UK's most prestigious private schools has lamented university teaching standards, suggesting that lecturers would ... «Times Higher Education, Jul 15»
3
Critter Corne: New furniture up to scratch for cat
Dear Miss Behavin': We recently remodeled our home and updated our furniture and our cat has already damaged the couch and dining room chairs. We've ... «San Jose Mercury News, Jul 15»
4
Hall quartet come up to scratch
Hall quartet come up to scratch ... Bradley Hall won the Halifax-Huddersfield Union's Scratch Team Championship for the ninth time in the last 22 years at ... «Halifax Evening Courier, Jun 15»
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Troy Flea Market's up to scratch
Troy Community Garage Sale and Flea Market is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in the Liberty Center Parking Garage at Livernois, north of Big Beaver. «The Macomb Daily, May 15»
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From Cannes: "Youth" Not Quite Up to Scratch
Two years after “The Great Beauty,” a grandiose love letter to Rome, director Paolo Sorrentino has returns with a film extremely similar in regard both to the style ... «Harvard Crimson, May 15»
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Angels' Matt Joyce fesses up to scratch, says he was late to ballpark
Matt Joyce fessed up as to the real reason he was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays: The Angels left fielder thought it was a night ... «Los Angeles Times, May 15»
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Service levels here still not up to scratch: Experts
Ms Jackie Condat interacting with patrons at Bukit Timah eatery Little Diner. For her, little things like getting to know patrons by name and writing them ... «The Straits Times, May 15»
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Hawkesbury track surface not up to scratch
But it was a poor look to have the meeting called off after more than 4000 punters had turned up in the rain and it could hurt Hawkesbury's standalone Saturday ... «Sydney Morning Herald, May 15»
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Bobcat bill up to scratch
Raleigh, N.C. — The fourth-graders at Benvenue Elementary School in Rocky Mount were studying up on their mascot, a bobcat, recently and realized that, ... «WRAL.com, Apr 15»

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