(someone) managed to (do something)

The phrase "managed to ___" means that someone succeeded in doing something, even though it was difficult. For example, if the industry you work in has been going through a bad period, but you've continued to make money, you can say:

I've managed to do OK.

Here's another example:

I was a horrible student. I just barely managed to pass 11th grade.

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