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cut it

1. To be at a satisfactory or requisite level; to successfully complete or accomplish a desired or expected result. Do you think the underdog will be able to cut it against the returning champion in the ring? 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.
2. To stop doing something. Come on, man, cut it! We'll totally get in trouble if you keep throwing the ball in the house! If they don't cut it soon, I'm going to go up there and give them a piece of my mind.
3. To handle, endure, or tolerate something. This situation is so stressful that I don't think I'll be able to cut it for much longer.
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cut it

1. Also, cut that. Stop, as in I won't stand for that-cut it! or If you don't cut that, I'll tell. [Slang; first half of 1800s] Also see cut it out.
2. Manage, tolerate, as in I don't know how he can cut it. [Slang; c. 1900]
3. Be effective, prove satisfactory, as in She's getting old and can no longer cut it. [Late 1900s] For a synonym see cut the mustard. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with cut it.
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cut it

meet the required standard. informal
1998 Spectator Heaven knows how such people get jobs in universities; they would not cut it on Fifteen-to-One .
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cut it

Informal
To perform up to expectations or a required standard; be acceptable.
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I think the least we can do is give them a guaranteed pension and if anything should be cut it's the allowance.
MAKING THE CUT IT'S often difficult to make decisions about what to cut back and when to do it.
'Whilst prospects for the Middle East airline industry are better than most, the industry still has to cut it's cloth to match the current economic reality.
Especially if you are thinking you need to make the cut it's very difficult.
"Especially at a time when we're against the 2nd Battalion being cut it's important to show we remember fallen soldiers.
Blazer - if well cut it's a failsafe classic and adds elegant chic to almost any outfit.