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    #1

    was making it

    For Kefentse, the condo [she had just bought] was proof she was making it, despite her nomadic work life.

    Hi,
    I found this sentence in a today's newspaper. Does this usage of 'make it' mean that she was "accomplishing her goals", please?
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    #2

    Re: was making it

    Was achieving something - yes. Not necessarily her goals.


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    Re: was making it

    I tend to think that if someone is "making it" they are accomplishing the goals society and modern culture sets as desirable. That is just my interpretation.

    I mean - when you hear of people becoming spiritually and intellectually enriched, you do not hear anyone suggest that they are "making it".

    When someone works very hard and buys a Ferrari (or in the case of your text, a condo) that is when you are likely to hear the phrase used.

    So yes, your description is accurate, but the phrase may not be approropriate for describing all of the goals one can aim for in life: mainly just the materialistic (and perhaps far less important) ones.

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    #4

    Re: was making it

    Hi,
    I said something with 'I make it' the other day when I meant 'achieve something'. I was talking about finding a job and I finished my sentence with ''and I hope I'll make it''. Right after saying that I thought I had said something stupid but, according to this text, it doesn't seem that incorrect.
    Am I wright?
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    #5

    Re: was making it

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Was achieving something - yes. Not necessarily her goals.
    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    I tend to think that if someone is "making it" they are accomplishing the goals society and modern culture sets as desirable. That is just my interpretation.

    I mean - when you hear of people becoming spiritually and intellectually enriched, you do not hear anyone suggest that they are "making it".

    When someone works very hard and buys a Ferrari (or in the case of your text, a condo) that is when you are likely to hear the phrase used.

    So yes, your description is accurate, but the phrase may not be approropriate for describing all of the goals one can aim for in life: mainly just the materialistic (and perhaps far less important) ones.
    Yes, I fully agree with you.
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    Re: was making it

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    I said something with 'I make it' the other day when I meant 'achieve something'. I was talking about finding a job and I finished my sentence with ''and I hope I'll make it''. Right after saying that I thought I had said something stupid but, according to this text, it doesn't seem that incorrect.
    Am I wright?
    Thanks.
    If you were talking about a specific achievement then I think it's fine.

    A) So you got asked back for another interview?

    B) Yep, if this goes well I'll get the job. I hope I make it.

    In this sense "make it" is a reduced version of the idiom "make the cut".

    Definition of make the cut

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