I know about origin, which comes from the maths symbol . But in this case it must be something else. What does it mean when someone is not equal to something?

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    The individual lacks the qualifications necessary to properly do the job being discussed.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 30, 2015 at 22:18
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    Irrelevant to your question, but I’m more familiar with being/not being “equal to the task” (as opposed to “the job”). Although in most cases they probably mean the same thing (as discussed elsewhere), I think “not equal to the job” would more likely be used to explain an outright firing whereas “not equal to the task” might be less final and used to explain a reassignment of duties.
    – Papa Poule
    Nov 30, 2015 at 23:06
  • He doesn't "measure up" to the job...
    – Elian
    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:03

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It means he is not able to do the job. Probably the job is too hard for him.

Alternately you may say

He is not up to the job.


The job is beyond him.


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