In English Erotic movie "Fifty Shades Darker", Ana & Christine have conversation on bed after having sex.

Christine: Why do you think you waited? For Sex.

Ana: Mmm! Mmm! I was reading Austen and Brontë and nobody ever measured up to that. I guess I was waiting for something exceptional. And then I met you.

What does mean by "nobody ever measured" means?

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    the whole fragment is 'nobody ever measured up' - to measure up is to pass a test or criteria
    – JMP
    Apr 30, 2017 at 6:20

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Your highlighting has missed out an important word - up. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, measure up means

to be good enough, or as good as someone or something else

The phrase nobody ever measured up to that means that nobody ever met that standard- presumably a standard set by characters in Austen and Brontë.

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