have the makings of (something)

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.
See also: have, making, of

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

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