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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 4:35:06 AM

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Dear Forum Members.
May you kindly explain me " Did the answer cut it" phrase in the following text:

Mahira: It wasn't difficult to make it. The man who made it, he's made two previous films, Khuda Ke Liye, which again was a brilliant film but touched on very sensitive topics, whether it was religion or politics or how we treat women in our society. All of that was touched upon in KKL. Then he came out with Bol, which touched on even more sensitive issues. And now he's made Verna. The making of it with a man like Shoaib Mansoor was not difficult because that's what he does.

Did the answer cut it? The question was simple: was Verna a simple film to make and did she think there was an audience for films like it? Mahira should have resisted the impulse to lavish praise on Shoaib Mansoor and instead speak about the ease or difficulty of her work in the film and comment on whether audiences take well to taboo subjects like rape. She could have pointed out, for instance, that TV serials with themes of child sexual abuse or honour killings have enjoyed high ratings, which indicates an appetite for serious subject matter.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:43:04 AM

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To quote the TFD entry for "Cut":

cut it Informal
To perform up to expectations or a required standard; be acceptable.

So it's an idiom and in essence the phrase means: "Was this an acceptable answer to the question?"
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:49:34 AM

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Just to add a bit:
You will sometimes hear "make the cut", or "survive the cut". The "cut" generally refers to something that is not desired, that is cut out, such as scenes in a movie that are cut out and thus don't "survive the cut".

There is also the use in a selection process, such as in the military or police academies where certain individuals don't make it through, they don't "survive the cut", or they "couldn't cut it", meaning they couldn't finish and were "cut out", or failed.

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