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Verb: make it
  1. Continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    - survive, pull through, pull round, come through
     
  2. Succeed in a big way; get to the top
    "I don't know whether I can make it in science!";
    - arrive, get in, go far
     
  3. Go successfully through a test or a selection process
    - pass, make the grade [N. Amer]

Derived forms: made it, making it, makes it

Type of: bring home the bacon, come through, defeat, deliver the goods, get the better of, overcome, succeed, win