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  • v. To meet expectations; to be as good as.

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  • v. prove capable or fit; meet requirements


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  • If the bomb worked, all the Rudy Peñas in the world wouldn't measure up to a single Oppy, Harvey or Fuchs.

    Stallion Gate

  • The most common of the resurrected psychic trends is the general tendency to dissociation or disruption of the personality with the reanimification, in varying degrees, of certain mental deficiencies and inferior types of reaction which are indicative of the relative failure of the patient to measure up to and efficiently deal with and adapt to the struggles of life as he must face and meet them.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • When I left my house on Fifth Avenoo I didn't think she'd ever measure up to what she was that time, but she is goin 'one better.

    The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat

  • Just as Lee himself did not hesitate to get rid of subordinates usually by exiling them to a Western command who did not measure up to the stern demands of his offensive-defensive strategy and tactics, so Freeman does not hesitate to detail the weaknesses and mistakes of many of these 193 generals.


  • Carnot Posey of the 16th Mississippi could measure up in the event that W.S. Featherston did not return from his sick leave.


  • His conduct leads me to believe that he is no more likely to measure up to his name than the youthful George Washingtons, Wesleys, or Albert Edwards we meet in all quarters of the world.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • “There’s absolutely no joy in the world,” says Chicago-area sidewalk counselor Cathy Mieding, “that can measure up to walking a girl over to the place where you know she’s going to find help, and she’s going to have love waiting for her there.