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right stuff

noun, Informal.
the necessary or ideal qualities or capabilities, as courage, confidence, dependability, toughness, or daring (usually preceded by the).
Origin of right stuff
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I reckon it's for every one with the right stuff in 'em," said Nick.

    The Port of Adventure Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • That crew of Liverpool hard cases had in them the right stuff.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • It softens him, mellows him, and makes him more sympathetic for other unfortunates—that is, if he's made of the right stuff.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • You have the right stuff in you, I warrant—all the Fords have.

    Athelstane Ford Allen Upward
  • Everybody knew he had the right stuff in him, but he was slower than molasses in January, like those Pennsylvania Dutch.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells

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