able to cut

able to cut something

Fig. to be able to manage or execute something. (Often negative. Able to can be replaced with can.) We thought he could handle the new account, but he is simply not able to cut it.
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In this scrap-book is such testimony relating to my shady side, as I have within the past ten years been able to cut from the columns of my competitors in the business of elevating humanity to a higher plane of mind and morals - my 'loathsome contemporaries.
As I was not able to cut my dinner, the old landlord with a shining bald head did it for me.
It was their opinion, and mine too, that they would be troubled no more with the savages, or if they were, they would be able to cut them off, if they were twice as many as before; so they had no concern about that.
It was vain to think of One Ear so outdistancing his pursuers as to be able to cut across their circle in advance of them and to regain the sled.
Achilles glared at him and answered, "Dog, talk not to me neither of knees nor parents; would that I could be as sure of being able to cut your flesh into pieces and eat it raw, for the ill you have done me, as I am that nothing shall save you from the dogs--it shall not be, though they bring ten or twenty-fold ransom and weigh it out for me on the spot, with promise of yet more hereafter.
She seemed to be able to cut herself adrift from him, and to pass away to unknown places where she had no need of him.
Global Banking News-May 27, 2015--India might be able to cut interest rates further
What we have done is reduce the cost of energy charges so that companies are able to cut their bills.
Summary: France says it will only be able to cut its deficit to 3.
They were able to cut part of the zimmer frame and he was taken to Heartlands Hospital with part of the device still stuck in his thumb.
The FSB believes that unless small firms are able to cut through the bureaucracy as part of the overhaul of the planning system, it will just be yet another barrier in the way of the country's economic growth.
Luckily it wasn't putting up much of a fight so we were able to cut it free.
Owners have been able to cut cost of goods to 29% by cutting out the middle man
Unlike Kennedy, Lackey didn't feel bothered the Angels weren't able to cut Oakland's American League West lead to two games.
Once someone crosses our borders illegally and gives birth to a child, their entire family is able to cut in line, degrading the legitimacy of our immigration system.
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