make the cut
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
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.
- (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.