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    make it through and make the grade

    Hi everybody!
    I have a question about this expression: to make it through....I cannot find it either on the dictionaries or on the Internet to learn about its use and its meanings...can you help me?

    I know it means to succeed in doing something, but can I use it for every kind of success?
    1) Are there any collocations or contexts you are used to associating it with?
    2) When talking about passing an exam, does "make it through" have the same meaning of "get through an exam"?

    I also have another question about the expression "to make the grade" that I looked up on the dictionary and it says it means "to succeed", but does it mean the same of "to make it through"? in what type of context do you use it? It's difficult to find clear examples to make out the meaning of this expression.
    Please, help me with more examples as to these two expressions.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: make it through and make the grade

    "To make it through" means to survive or endure something, usually a hardship or tough circumstances.

    People had to be strong to make it through the Depression.
    It was a difficult procedure, but he made it through surgery.

    "To make the grade" can mean succeed, but it implies living up to a given standard.

    There is a list of phrasal verbs and idioms with "make" here:

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