be the making of somebody/something

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be the making of (one)

To be a positively transformative event in one's life. He used to be irresponsible with money, but buying a home was the making of him—he's never been late with a single payment! In many ways, surviving that internship was the making of me.
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be the making of

Be the means or cause of progress or success, as in Marriage will be the making of him. This idiom, using making in the sense of "advancement," was first recorded about 1470.
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be the ˈmaking of somebody/something

be the reason that somebody/something succeeds or develops well: It was only a small part in a TV show, but it was the making of her.Those two years of hard work were the making of him.