have the makings of (something)

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have the makings of (something)

To seem skilled or likely enough to become something. With a voice like that, Alice has the makings of a famous singer.
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have the makings of something

Fig. to possess the qualities that are needed for something. The young boy had the makings of a fine baseball player. My boss has all the makings of a prison warden.
See also: have, making, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have the makings of

Have the abilities or qualities needed to become something, as in She has the makings of a fine teacher, or, as Shakespeare put it in Henry VIII (4:1): "She had all the royal makings of a Queen." [Late 1500s]
See also: have, making, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have the ˈmakings of something

(of a person) have the necessary qualities or character to become something: She’s got the makings of a good tennis player, but she needs to practise much harder.
See also: have, making, of, something
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