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    #1

    Cutting it rather thin

    Hello gents.

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    Ivy : Congratulations on winning the order! The deadline for the delivery is 30 days from now.
    Smith : 30 days? Wow! That’s cutting it rather thin. I asked for a 45-day period.
    Ivy : Come on. You know we can’t afford waiting for 45 days for the material. Thirty days is the industry standard.
    Smith : You’re right Mrs. Ivy, but you’ve asked for a special design modification. That’s going to take time. I don’t want to disappoint you later.
    Ivy : Hmm.. How soon do you think you can deliver it?
    Smith : Well, I like working with you, so I am going to make an extra effort. Let’s fix it at 36 days.
    Ivy : Okay, Mr. Smith. That sounds reasonable.
    What is that phrase? Cutting it rather thin? Cut what? Wood?

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    #2

    Re: Cutting it rather thin

    It refers to time, specifically less time than is needed.

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    #3

    Re: Cutting it rather thin

    In BrE, we call that "cutting it fine" or "cutting it close".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Cutting it rather thin

    We use the "close" version in AmE also.

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    #5

    Re: Cutting it rather thin

    I am not a teacher

    I believe It means that 30 days deadline would be too short and they would barely make it in 30 days.
    Cut it means "to be enough or sufficient to deal with a problem" and thin means "insufficient,barely" here.
    http://www.pride-unlimited.com/probono/idioms2.html
    Scroll down to cut the mustard

    I am not a teacher

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    #6

    Re: Cutting it rather thin

    The UE site has a list of many idiomatic expressions, including this one: https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...t+it+fine.html

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    #7

    Re: Cutting it rather thin

    I have not heard the "cut it fine" version.

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