cut the mustard


cut the mustard
phrasal

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cut the mustard (informal)
1. Reach a required standard, make the grade
2. Make a favourable impression on
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Main Entry:mustard

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cut the mustard usually in negatives informal phrase
to reach the expected or necessary standard

He just can’t cut the mustard any more.

Thesaurus: to be good enough or as good as expectedsynonym
Main entry: mustard

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I
informal come up to expectations; reach the required standard

I didn't cut the mustard as a hockey player

II
see cut

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cut the mustard — see mustard
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Main Entry:cut
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cut the mustard
informal : to be good enough to succeed or to do what is needed

She tried to join the soccer team, but she couldn't cut the mustard.

Now that we have computers, typewriters just don't cut the mustard anymore.

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Main Entry:mustard

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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