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 for Up to snuff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Snuff \Snuff\, n.
     1. The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff.
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     2. Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the
        nose; also, the amount taken at once.
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     3. Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a
        snuffing of the nose. [Obs.]
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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     1. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of
        gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above;
        -- the opposite of down.
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              But up or down,
              By center or eccentric, hard to tell. --Milton.
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     2. Hence, in many derived uses, specifically: 
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        (a) From a lower to a higher position, literally or
            figuratively; as, from a recumbent or sitting
            position; from the mouth, toward the source, of a
            river; from a dependent or inferior condition; from
            concealment; from younger age; from a quiet state, or
            the like; -- used with verbs of motion expressed or
            implied.
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                  But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop.
                                                    --Num. xiv.
                                                    44.
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                  I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth
                  up.                               --Ps.
                                                    lxxxviii. 15.
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                  Up rose the sun, and up rose Emelye. --Chaucer.
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                  We have wrought ourselves up into this degree of
                  Christian indifference.           --Atterbury.
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        (b) In a higher place or position, literally or
            figuratively; in the state of having arisen; in an
            upright, or nearly upright, position; standing;
            mounted on a horse; in a condition of elevation,
            prominence, advance, proficiency, excitement,
            insurrection, or the like; -- used with verbs of rest,
            situation, condition, and the like; as, to be up on a
            hill; the lid of the box was up; prices are up.
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                  And when the sun was up, they were scorched.
                                                    --Matt. xiii.
                                                    6.
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                  Those that were up themselves kept others low.
                                                    --Spenser.
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                  Helen was up -- was she?          --Shak.
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                  Rebels there are up,
                  And put the Englishmen unto the sword. --Shak.
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                  His name was up through all the adjoining
                  provinces, even to Italy and Rome; many desiring
                  to see who he was that could withstand so many
                  years the Roman puissance.        --Milton.
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                  Thou hast fired me; my soul's up in arms.
                                                    --Dryden.
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                  Grief and passion are like floods raised in
                  little brooks by a sudden rain; they are quickly
                  up.                               --Dryden.
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                  A general whisper ran among the country people,
                  that Sir Roger was up.            --Addison.
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                  Let us, then, be up and doing,
                  With a heart for any fate.        --Longfellow.
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        (c) To or in a position of equal advance or equality; not
            short of, back of, less advanced than, away from, or
            the like; -- usually followed by to or with; as, to be
            up to the chin in water; to come up with one's
            companions; to come up with the enemy; to live up to
            engagements.
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                  As a boar was whetting his teeth, up comes a fox
                  to him.                           --L'Estrange.
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        (d) To or in a state of completion; completely; wholly;
            quite; as, in the phrases to eat up; to drink up; to
            burn up; to sum up; etc.; to shut up the eyes or the
            mouth; to sew up a rent.
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     Note: Some phrases of this kind are now obsolete; as, to
           spend up (--Prov. xxi. 20); to kill up (--B. Jonson).
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        (e) Aside, so as not to be in use; as, to lay up riches;
            put up your weapons.
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     Note: Up is used elliptically for get up, rouse up, etc.,
           expressing a command or exhortation. "Up, and let us be
           going." --Judg. xix. 28.
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                 Up, up, my friend! and quit your books,
                 Or surely you 'll grow double.     --Wordsworth.
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     It is all up with him, it is all over with him; he is lost.
        
  
     The time is up, the allotted time is past.
  
     To be up in, to be informed about; to be versed in.
        "Anxious that their sons should be well up in the
        superstitions of two thousand years ago." --H. Spencer.
  
     To be up to.
        (a) To be equal to, or prepared for; as, he is up to the
            business, or the emergency. [Colloq.]
        (b) To be engaged in; to purpose, with the idea of doing
            ill or mischief; as, I don't know what he's up to.
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     To blow up.
        (a) To inflate; to distend.
        (b) To destroy by an explosion from beneath.
        (c) To explode; as, the boiler blew up.
        (d) To reprove angrily; to scold. [Slang]
  
     To bring up. See under Bring, v. t.
  
     To come up with. See under Come, v. i.
  
     To cut up. See under Cut, v. t. & i.
  
     To draw up. See under Draw, v. t.
  
     To grow up, to grow to maturity.
  
     Up anchor (Naut.), the order to man the windlass
        preparatory to hauling up the anchor.
  
     Up and down.
        (a) First up, and then down; from one state or position to
            another. See under Down, adv.
  
                  Fortune . . . led him up and down. --Chaucer.
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        (b) (Naut.) Vertical; perpendicular; -- said of the cable
            when the anchor is under, or nearly under, the hawse
            hole, and the cable is taut. --Totten.
  
     Up helm (Naut.), the order given to move the tiller toward
        the upper, or windward, side of a vessel.
  
     Up to snuff. See under Snuff. [Slang]
  
     What is up? What is going on? [Slang]
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