Up to snuff
Snuff Snuff, n. 1. The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff. [1913 Webster]

2. Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once. [1913 Webster]

3. Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{Snuff dipping}. See {Dipping}, n., 5.

{Snuff taker}, one who uses snuff by inhaling it through the nose.

{To take it in snuff}, to be angry or offended. --Shak.

{Up to snuff}, not likely to be imposed upon; knowing; acute. [Slang] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Up to snuff — Up Up ([u^]p), adv. [AS. up, upp, [=u]p; akin to OFries. up, op, D. op, OS. [=u]p, OHG. [=u]f, G. auf, Icel. & Sw. upp, Dan. op, Goth. iup, and probably to E. over. See {Over}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • up\ to\ snuff — • to par • up to snuff informal • up to scratch informal 1. In good or normal health or physical condition. I have a cold and don t feel up to par. The boxer is training for the fight but he isn t up to scratch yet. 2. • up to the mark As good as …   Словарь американских идиом

  • up to snuff — • up to par • up to scratch • up to snuff • up the mark meeting normal standards, equal to the usual level or quality His work was not up to par and he was asked to leave and look for another job. Digest 22/2002 meeting the minimum standard… …   Idioms and examples

  • up to snuff — See: UP TO PAR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up to snuff — See: UP TO PAR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up to snuff — If something isn t up to snuff, it doesn t meet the standard expected …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • up to snuff — ► up to snuff informal 1) up to the required standard. 2) in good health. Main Entry: ↑snuff …   English terms dictionary

  • up to snuff — phrasal 1. chiefly Brit a. : not easily deceived b. : sophisticated, worldly wise 2. : in good shape or normal condition : up to an accepted standard looked mor …   Useful english dictionary

  • up to snuff — at or to an acceptable level of quality. We have a part in designing and manufacturing products and then checking to make sure they re up to snuff. Utah s bridges are in trouble, and it would cost $88 million to bring the worst cases up to snuff …   New idioms dictionary

  • up to snuff — adjective a) Adequate; of acceptable or quality; satisfying an appropriate standard. About 40% of U.S. counties lack full time public health service. . . . Many registered hospitals are not up to snuff. b) Mentally alert, shrewd …   Wiktionary

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