(verb) to be able to pass from one round of competition to the next
The olympic athlete trained for hours every day in order to make the cut as a competitive swimmer.
I was happy because I made the cut and was allowed to compete in the finals!
A: What are the chances of you making the cut tonight?
B: We have a good, strong team, and we want to win. I think we’ll move to the next round.
A: Did your team make the playoffs?
B: No, we didn’t make the cut.
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