have (all) the makings of


: to have the talent needed to become (someone successful)
He has (all) the makings of a great quarterback.

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Recent Examples on the Web What started slowly in 2020 turned into a breakthrough 2021 (Ericsson’s first two wins), a historic 2022 (Ganassi’s first 500 win in a decade) and a 2023 that, early-on, appeared to have all the makings of a serious title push. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Aug. 2023 Anna Dewdney's simple rhymes and illustrations have all the makings of a modern classic. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2023 That the Diamondbacks might have the makings of a back-end group that can protect leads is encouraging and would be a big improvement off last year. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2023 If this were almost any other athlete, this scenario would have all the makings of a nightmare. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 Brandon Presley seems to have all the makings of a formidable candidate for governor in deep-red Mississippi. William Browning, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2023 With a high-waisted fit, a classic medium blue wash, and a comfy, roomy leg, these Madewell jeans have all the makings of a fan-favorite pair. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2023 All these warnings of election chaos have the makings of a self-fulfilling prophecy that will allow Trump to either legally challenge the election results or simply play the sore loser and rain on Biden’s parade. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, 5 Aug. 2020 One thing was made abundantly clear in the Barlow High School gymnasium Tuesday night: Jesuit and Barlow girls basketball have the makings of championship contenders. oregonlive, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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“Have (all) the makings of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20%28all%29%20the%20makings%20of. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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