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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.
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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]
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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.
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