The men get an idea of the price they want to pay by looking over the fleeces and seeing how they will grade up.
From first grade up her marks have been nearly all of the A rank.
In heavy lands it is necessary to raise the floors and grade up around the houses.
From the seventh grade up, promotion is by subjects entirely, and not by grades.
Were you a grade up on him, or were you in the same grade, or what?
Instead we use it to grade up some that is less fine in quality.
I want to show him over at Plunkett's and then in Providence and Hillsboro, to grade up their poultry.
"We'll grade up the gravel dump to begin with, and then make a new derrick," Festing answered gloomily.
The introduction of pedigree stock to grade up the existing herds is a necessity which any Boer farmer will admit.
1510s, "degree of measurement," from French grade "grade, degree" (16c.), from Latin gradus "step, pace, gait, walk;" figuratively "a step, stage, degree," related to gradi "to walk, step, go," from PIE *ghredh- (cf. Lithuanian gridiju "to go, wander," Old Church Slavonic gredo "to come," Old Irish in-greinn "he pursues," and second element in congress, progress, etc.).
Replaced Middle English gree "step, degree in a series," from Old French grei "step," from Latin gradus. Railway sense is from 1811. Meaning "class of things having the same quality or value" is from 1807; meaning "division of a school curriculum equivalent to one year" is from 1835; that of "letter-mark indicating assessment of a student's work" is from 1886 (earlier used of numerical grades). Grade A "top quality, fit for human consumption" (originally of milk) is from a U.S. system instituted in 1912.
1650s, "to arrange in grades," from grade (n.). Related: Graded; grading.