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*wherewithal (to do something)

the means to do something, especially energy or money. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He has good ideas, but he doesn't have the wherewithal to carry them out. I could do a lot if only I could get the wherewithal.

wherewithal

(ˈʍɛrwɪθɑl)
1. n. money. I don’t have the wherewithal to invest in anything like that.
2. n. motivation; gumption. As soon as I get some wherewithal, I’ll get a new computer.
References in classic literature ?
He has always the wherewithal to back up his projects; they strengthen France and never weaken her.
Temperate as he had always been, save on rare occasions, now that he had the wherewithal for unlimited drinks and had daily access to them, he drank even less.
People eat, therefore they must procure the wherewithal.
She was of a wild, roving nature, inherited from father and mother, who were both Bohemians, by taste and circumstance; if a lord was not by, she would talk to his courier with the greatest pleasure; the din, the stir, the drink, the smoke, the tattle of the Hebrew pedlars, the solemn, braggart ways of the poor tumblers, the sournois talk of the gambling-table officials, the songs and swagger of the students, and the general buzz and hum of the place had pleased and tickled the little woman, even when her luck was down and she had not wherewithal to pay her bill.
It was ridiculous to be telling hard-luck stories about not being able to buy a farm, when he had the wherewithal to buy dozens of farms.