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Here is the entire phrase : "As the 2020 race, the party deferred to measures of popular sentiment to determine who should make the cut for the debates, all but unsuring runs by publicity-hungry outsiders"

I'm also uncertain about the expression "make the cut" ; here, does it mean participate to the debates or win the debates ?

Thanks you,

  • Are you sure it wasn’t ‘ensuring’ rather than ‘unsuring’? – Fivesideddice Apr 11 at 22:53
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Printed source? All searches show it as 'ensuring', just a typo. Make the cut is used to describe individuals selected for a limited space. (Example: 5 out of 100 performers who auditioned "made the cut" to continue to the next round of the competition.)

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  • Thanks! Yes, it's from The Atlantic issue of December 2019, but it's my bad, it's indeed "ensuring". So, in other words : in doing so, the 2020 race let outsider people who are looking for publicity run the debates ? – Jérôme Apr 13 at 16:06

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