could be worth his salt

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Albert Schlef

Senior Member
We can say "he is worth his salt".

But can we say "he could be worth his salt"? I find only 3 occurrences on google, so I guess it's not valid. What's the correct way to say this?
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    He might be good.

    We tend to use idioms such as "worth his salt" as a kind of emphasis, so it is not really appropriate for something you are uncertain about.
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