Will the cat cut the mustard?

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"Will the cat cut the mustard?" -- what does it mean? I heard it in a movie. Somebody singing something about "coward" and then "will the cat cut the mustard." Is it from a rhyme? And what does it mean?
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    American English
    Here's a previous thread that will tell you most everything you'd want to know about the expression -- except where the cat came in:
    Cut the mustard

    Cat can be a term referring to a man, so perhaps that's it -- or perhaps not. You may have to decide where the cat comes in.
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