Definition of be cut out for (or to be) in English:

be cut out for (or to be)

phrase

informal
  • usually with negative Have exactly the right qualities for a particular role or job.

    ‘I'm just not cut out to be a policeman’
    • ‘Here was proof that blackmail was not something I was cut out for.’
    • ‘Not everybody is cut out for it; if you are and there is a need in your precinct, or any precinct, consider volunteering now; that'll be one less problem party workers will have to worry about.’
    • ‘But not everyone is cut out for that - I certainly am not.’
    • ‘I don't think I was cut out for a long career as a lecturer.’
    • ‘Perhaps he has discovered that he is cut out to be a soldier after all.’
    • ‘Whatever its benefits, not everybody is cut out for it.’
    • ‘I think that insofar as I am a poet, I was cut out to be a poet who needed a lot of time to get started.’
    • ‘The young heir feels that he is cut out for greatness and starts to search for a life ‘something more than long’.’
    • ‘There were moments during the first few days of Leta's life when I really didn't think I was cut out for this whole thing.’
    • ‘Second, I believe we must all find our own path to service. Not everyone is cut out for military service, nor should everyone try.’
    be suited, be suitable, be right, be designed, be equipped
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