Make-the-cut meaning

(idiomatic) To succeed at something or meet a requirement; to be chosen out of a field of candidates or possibilities.

Out of a pool of twenty applicants, only 3 made the cut.

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Origin of make-the-cut

  • From the sport of golf, in which players are said to make the cut when they match or exceed a certain score, thus avoiding elimination during the final two rounds of a four-round tournament.

    From Wiktionary