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have the wherewithal to (do something)

1. To have the resources, especially financial, needed to do something. She has a fantastic business model, but does she have the wherewithal to get it off the ground? I desperately need a new computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal to upgrade right now.
2. To have the energy or motivation needed to do something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal to offer him a sympathetic ear at the time. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that she just didn't have the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one.
3. informal To have the appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness to do something. I was surrounded by important industry people, but I didn't have the wherewithal to introduce myself and try to promote my business. I wish I'd had the wherewithal when I was younger to start investing in a pension plan as soon as I got my first job.
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the wherewithal for (something)

1. The resources, especially financial, needed for something. She has a fantastic business model, but she'll need the wherewithal for it to get off the ground. I really need to upgrade my computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal for that right now.
2. The energy or motivation needed for something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal for an emotional, sympathetic conversation at that ungodly hour. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that finding the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one seemed impossible.
3. informal The appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness for something. Usually used after "have," especially in negative constructions. I was surrounded by important industry people, so I should have been introducing myself and trying to promote my business. Sadly, I just didn't have the wherewithal for that at the time. I'm starting to wonder whether or not the new Senior Content Manager has the wherewithal for the position.
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the wherewithal to (do something)

1. The resources, especially financial, needed to do something. She has a fantastic business model, but she'll need the wherewithal to get it off the ground. I desperately need a new computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal to upgrade right now.
2. The energy or motivation needed to do something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal to offer him a sympathetic ear at the time. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that finding the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one seemed impossible.
3. informal The appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness to do something. Usually used after "have," especially in negative constructions. I was surrounded by important industry people, but I didn't have the wherewithal to introduce myself and try to promote my business. I wish I'd had the wherewithal when I was younger to start investing in a pension plan as soon as I got my first job.
See also: to, wherewithal
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Porthos bit his lips because he saw not the wherewithal to dine.
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. These men here shoot seals in order to live; for the same reason I sail this schooner; and Mr.
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.
DAVAO CITY - Deputy Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (PAPP) Undersecretary Nabil Tan said the Bangsamoro government will receive all revenues from the collection of local taxes within the first 10 years upon its creation, and its 75 percent share thereafter to provide it with more "wherewithals" to develop the cities and municipalities within its territorial jurisdiction.