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    About meaning of the part of the sentence

    Please help me to understand this sentence completely.
    Underscoring the automakers' peril-and how close the bailout is cutting to the edge-GM Chief Financial Officer Ray Young said the company expects to have the first money from the government by Dec29, just in time to pay suppliers.
    1. What does ' how close the bailout is cutting to the edge' mean? Especially cutting to the edge?
    2. What does 'just in time to pay suppliers' meant? Especially just in time?

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    Re: About meaning of the part of the sentence

    Underscoring the automakers' peril- and how close the bailout is cutting to the edge- (they are talking about a time frame. The "edge" is just before when the company would go bankrupt. So the "bailout", or money, is coming really close, just close enough to prevent the company from going under. or out of business) GM Chief Financial Officer Ray Young said the company expects to have the first money from the government by Dec29, just in time to pay suppliers.
    (Yes, the company must have parts to build the cars. These parts come from suppliers. The suppliers will not ship parts unless they are sure they will get paid!)

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    Re: About meaning of the part of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Undak View Post
    Please help me to understand this sentence completely.
    Underscoring the automakers' peril-and how close the bailout is cutting to the edge-GM Chief Financial Officer Ray Young said the company expects to have the first money from the government by Dec29, just in time to pay suppliers.
    1. What does ' how close the bailout is cutting to the edge' mean? Especially cutting to the edge?
    2. What does 'just in time to pay suppliers' meant? Especially just in time?
    1. Ray Young believed (or wanted us to believe) that if the bailout money were delayed, GM would have been bankrupt. The money came just in time to save GM from going out of business.

    "Cutting to the edge" here means something like "coming very close to the company's financial limits."

    2. Bills from GM's suppliers - steel companies, tire companies, electronics companies, glass companies, paint companies, and so on - would have been past due, which Young is saying would have forced GM to go out of business.

    "Just in time" means "with no time to spare," "at the last minute," "not a moment too soon," "in the nick of time," "as late as possible."

    [I'm a copy editor and have tutored university writing.]

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