1 average, level, mean, median, norm, standard, usual
2 balance, equal footing, equality, equilibrium, equivalence, parity
3 above par excellent, exceptional, first-rate (informal) outstanding, superior
a below average, bush-league (Austral. & N.Z. informal) dime-a-dozen (informal) inferior, lacking, not up to scratch (informal) poor, second-rate, substandard, tinhorn (U.S. slang) two-bit (U.S. & Canad. slang) wanting
b not oneself, off colour (chiefly Brit.) off form, poorly (informal) sick, under the weather (informal) unfit, unhealthy
5 par for the course average, expected, ordinary, predictable, standard, typical, usual
6 on a par equal, much the same, the same, well-matched
7 up to par acceptable, adequate, good enough, passable, satisfactory, up to scratch (informal) up to the mark
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1 If you say that two people or things are on a par with each other, you mean that they are equally good or bad, or equally important.
on a par with phrase PHR n/-ing, usu v-link PHR, PHR after v
Parts of Glasgow are on a par with the worst areas of London and Liverpool for burglaries.
2 n-uncount In golf, par is the number of strokes that a good player should take to get the ball into a hole or into all the holes on a particular golf course.
N with num, under/over N
He was five under par after the first round.
3 If you say that someone or something is below par or under par, you are disappointed in them because they are below the standard you expected.
below par/under par phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v, PHR n
Duffy's primitive guitar playing is well below par...
4 If you say that someone or something is not up to par, you are disappointed in them because they are below the standard you expected.
up to par phrase usu with neg, v-link PHR, PHR after v
His performance was not up to par...
5 If you feel below par or under par, you feel tired and unable to perform as well as you normally do.
below par/under par phrase usu v-link PHR
6 If you say that something that happens is par for the course, you mean that you are not pleased with it but it is what you expected to happen.
par for the course phrase v-link PHR He said long hours are par for the course.
You say that something is a particular kind of thing par excellence in order to emphasize that it is a very good example of that kind of thing. adj n ADJ (emphasis)
He has been a meticulous manager, a manager par excellence.
Par excellence is also an adverb., adv ADV after v
Bresson is par excellence the Catholic film-maker.
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