Up to snuff. Wide awake, knowing, sharp; not easily taken in or
imposed upon; alive to scent (Dutch, snuffen, to scent, snuf;
Took it in snuff
—in anger, in huff.
“You'll mar the light by taking it in snuff.”
Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost, v. 2.
“Who, ... when it next came there, took it in snuff.” —Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., i. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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