not cut it

not cut it

Unable to successfully complete or accomplish something; not at a satisfactory or requisite level. The underdog gave a brilliant performance in the ring, but he just couldn't cut it against the returning champion. I have to warn you, Jenkins, your last few reports haven't quite cut it. You're going to need to improve if you want to keep your job here.
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not cut it

If you say that someone cannot cut it or does not cut it, you mean that they are not talented or ambitious enough to succeed in a particular job. We're in a real mess now Johnny's gone. Lorenzo's been doing the vocals, but he just can't cut it. It's a very tough work environment. If you don't cut it then you're out.
See also: cut, not
References in classic literature ?
He did not cut it, but, rolling up his sleeves a little way, he laid hold of it, placed his heel against the ground, and, with one mighty pull, plucked the young tree up by the roots from out the very earth.
Venice Preserved too,' said she, 'I think you have been there is it well or ill preserved for people differ so and Maccaroni if they really eat it like the conjurors why not cut it shorter, you are acquainted Arthur--dear Doyce and Clennam at least not dear and most assuredly not Doyce for I have not the pleasure but pray excuse me--acquainted I believe with Mantua what has it got to do with Mantua-making for I never have been able to conceive?