have the makings of

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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