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Up to snuff

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Up to snuff not likely to be imposed upon; knowing; acute.
    • Up to snuff See under Snuff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Up to snuff knowing, not likely to be taken in
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Idioms

Up to snuff - If something isn't up to snuff, it doesn't meet the standard expected.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. snuffen, snuf; Ger. schnaufen, to snuff.

Usage

In literature:

Our chaps are rather particular, you know, and I wouldn't like them to snuff up at you.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Teddy held Snuff in his arms, and told Janet to take up the football.
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
The collie stood up, wabbly on one foot but able to stand, looking eagerly at Sandy, commencing to snuff the air.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Joe was up to snuff and sent the boys on what he considered a wild-goose chase.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
Much controversy has been wasted in attempts to determine the origin of the phrase "up to snuff".
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
They are up to snuff!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Now, however, Kahwa insisted on going up to snuff around this house.
"Bear Brownie" by H. P. Robinson
He then went up to Rockley, snuff-box in hand, and addressed him as he was leaning against the chimney-piece.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
I'm up to snuff about the so-called illusions of youth.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
We are apt to grow faint, unless at every breath we can snuff up the salt breeze of the ocean.
"A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I am going to tell Miss Peyton you don't feel quite up to snuff, which is certainly so.
"At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
The above period having elapsed, he cocked up his chin towards the candle, by way of reminder to her to snuff it.
"Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces;" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
They were "up to snuff," but not to tobacco in this form.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, November 5, 1887" by Various
And they say there's a new bully cropped up in Fairfield, a fellow who used to sneeze in the old days every time Matt took snuff.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
Here we are, city fellows who think we are up to snuff.
"Bert Wilson at the Wheel" by J. W. Duffield
The object is rather to have the reputation of being an up-to-snuff man.
"Quacks and Grafters" by Unknown
As soon as I got to my room I put my watches, rings, snuff-boxes, purse and pocket-book in my casket, and shut it up in my escritoire.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
She's up to snuff, I can tell you.
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy
If there's any chance of Bycliffe turning up again, I shall be sorry to have parted with the snuff-box; but I was hard-up at Naples.
"Felix Holt, The Radical" by George Eliot
At the present day card-players would be, unquestionably, 'up to snuff.
"Sharps and Flats" by John Nevil Maskelyne
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In poetry:

Well then, speak up, never flinch!
Quick, ere my candle's a snuff
—-Burnt, do you see? to its uttermost inch—-
I believe in you, but that's not enough:
Give my conviction a clinch!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
"The snow might fall by day, by night,
The weather wax more rough,
And up to our bedroom windows heap
The drift, and smother men like sheep,
And wrap the world in a shroud of white—
Old Gran must have her snuff!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
And ever they kept their green-glass eyes
Fixed on me with a stony stare--
Till my own grew glazed with a dread surmise,
And my hat whooped up on my lifted hair,
And I felt the heart in my breast snap to
As you've heard the lid of a snuff-box do.
"The Nine Little Goblins" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Was the American Legend Right To Say Jamaican Drug Testing Isn't Up to Snuff.
Are you up to snuff on baseball- ology lingo, trivia.
Now her job is to make sure the city's digital media communication is up to snuff.
Pay, standards for subs not up to snuff .
Was the American Legend Right To Say Jamaican Drug Testing Isn't Up to Snuff .
Are you up to snuff on baseball-ology lingo, trivia.
Roy Oswalt labors in third start, stuff not up to snuff for Rangers just yet.
With a blowout and a cocktail, Fluff Bar's clients are up to snuff .
Buffett Is Still Up To Snuff .
Small and Medium Business IT / Are Googles Security Practices Up to Snuff .
How to get your digs up to snuff, fast.
If you're worried that your murdering skills won't be up to snuff for the zombie apocalypse, invest in some Bleeding Zombie Targets.
With a blowout and a cocktail, Fluff Bar's clients are up to snuff.
Smoke detectors can save a life and many homes are with out them…or don't have ones that are operating up to snuff.
Immortal Transmedia coin up to 'Snuff'.
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In science:

DA] The entire 4 GeV programme would probably be the first thing to get dropped if the 10 GeV luminosity wasn’t up to snuff.
The future of charm physics: a discussion
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