not put sth past sb
/nˌɑːt pˌʊt ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ pˈæst ˌɛsbˈiː/
sentence
to believe that someone is capable of doing something, especially something negative or unexpected, based on their past behavior or character
to lower the bar
/lˈoʊɚ ðə bˈɑːɹ/
phrase
to reduce or decrease the standards or expectations for something, making it easier to achieve or accept
to raise the bar
/ɹˈeɪz ðə bˈɑːɹ/
phrase
to increase the standards, expectations, or level of performance for something, aiming for a higher level of excellence
to set the bar
/sˈɛt ðə bˈɑːɹ/
phrase
to establish a standard or expectation that others should strive to meet or exceed
to measure other people's corn by one's own bushel
/mˈɛʒɚ ˈʌðɚ pˈiːpəlz kˈɔːɹn baɪ wˈʌnz ˈoʊn bˈʊʃəl/
phrase
to judge or evaluate others based on one's own standards, abilities, or achievements, without considering their unique circumstances or perspectives
to cut the mustard
/kˈʌt ðə mˈʌstɚd/
phrase
to meet expectations or perform satisfactorily in a given task or situation
to make the grade
/mˌeɪk ðə ɡɹˈeɪd/
phrase
to succeed in reaching the desired result
all sizzle and no steak
/ˈɔːl sˈɪzəl ænd nˈoʊ stˈeɪk/
phrase
(of a person or thing) having a flashy or showy exterior, but when examined closely or experienced fully, it fails to meet expectations or deliver on its promises
par for the course
/pˈɑːɹ fɚðə kˈoːɹs/
phrase
used of a situation, outcome, or behavior that is considered typical, expected, or unsurprising given the circumstances
to come up with the goods
/kˈʌm ˌʌp wɪððə ɡˈʊdz/
phrase
to deliver what was promised or expected, especially when it comes to achieving a particular result or fulfilling an obligation
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