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make the cut

1. In golf, to match or better the score necessary to remain in the final two rounds of a four-round tournament. It wasn't looking good for her early in this tournament, but thanks to a string of great shots in the last nine holes, Ms. Ryder was able to make the cut in the end.
2. By extension, to meet the requirements necessary for an application to be successful or to be selected from a group of candidates. You might have an impressive resume, but you'll never make the cut if you don't have excellent interview skills. Because of my poor grades in math, I ended up not making the cut for Harvard.
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make (or miss) the cut

come up to (or fail to come up to) a required standard.
In golf, a player has to equal or better a particular score in order to avoid elimination from the last two rounds of a four-round tournament. If the player succeeds, they make the cut .
See also: cut, make
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Coral and Paddy Power paid out on Woods missing the cut and voided any bets on Woods making the cut. Power also refunded Woods outright bets.
"I didn't come here with the mindset of making the cut. I know I am good enough to contend."
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After making the cut, it is important to immediately get the hands up off the mat to keep the top man from counter-attacking.
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Apparently hopeless after Thursday's 79, the Atherstone golfer addressed the difficulty of making the cut thus: birdie, birdie, birdie.
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As Lahiri expressed happiness and relief at making the cut, his senior, Jeev, who won the Scottish Open last week, said, " It is a great thing for Indian golf.
Aaron Baddeley The Australian is blessed with a magical putting touch but has a surprisingly poor Masters record, making the cut just three times in six starts and never bettering 17th place.