Below par



Also, under par. Not up to the average, normal, or desired standard. For example, I am feeling below par today, but I’m sure I’ll recover by tomorrow. This term employs par in the sense of “an average amount or quality,” a usage dating from the late 1700s.
Historical Examples

The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
Torchy Sewell Ford
The Pros and Cons of Vivisection Charles Richet
Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
Woman William J. Robinson
Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
The Andes and the Amazon James Orton
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863 Various
The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck

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