Today's Word of the Day means...
"I'm not headlined in the bills, but I'm the mustard in the salad dressing just the same." [O.Henry, "Cabbages and Kings," 1904]
To succeed; be qualified; cut it •Very often in the negative: Those groups have special vested interests. And that's not gonna cut the mustard
[1907+; probably fr cut, ''achieve,'' and the mustard in the earlier slang sense of ''the genuine thing, best thing,'' perhaps based on the fact that mustard is hot, keen, and sharp, all of which mean ''excellent'']
a plant of the genus sinapis, a pod-bearing, shrub-like plant, growing wild, and also cultivated in gardens. The little round seeds were an emblem of any small insignificant object. It is not mentioned in the Old Testament; and in each of the three instances of its occurrence in the New Testament (Matt. 13:31, 32; Mark 4:31, 32; Luke 13:18, 19) it is spoken of only with reference to the smallness of its seed. The common mustard of Palestine is the Sinapis nigra. This garden herb sometimes grows to a considerable height, so as to be spoken of as "a tree" as compared with garden herbs.