cut it

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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.
See also: cut

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.
See also: cut

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 .
See also: cut

cut it

Informal
To perform up to expectations or a required standard; be acceptable.
See also: cut
References in classic literature ?
The knife was sharp, for the cut was smooth; the handle was long, for a man’s arm would not reach from this gash to the cut that did not go through the skin; he was a coward, or he would have cut the thongs around the necks of the hounds.
Or, if you wanted some obscure shape, you'd have to try and cut that out in rough and then smooth it with milling tools.
The rotors have trapezoidal cutters on a helical angle, not perpendicular to the rotor axis, making a staggered cut that reportedly uses less energy and is less likely to jam.
Bush crafted a tax cut that benefited most of the Republican target market.
Reagan was able to gain support for a 25 percent tax cut that included cutting the top rate by half.
Any spending program that he wants or tax cut that Republicans want (unless it stimulates the economy enough) would add to that deficit.
Bob Dole wants to return to the glory days of the modern Republican Party, promising the kind of huge tax cut that helped Ronald Reagan win the White House and reshaped American politics.