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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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  • The right stuff may be a critical requirement for astronauts.
  • We've got a long way to go offensively, but he's really laid the groundwork for some of the right stuff offensively.
  • We're curating the right stuff for our generation, stuff you want to buy for your house.
  • It's all the right stuff for a viable and profitable way to space.
  • Anyone deficient will be found out: anyone with the right stuff has a chance to shine.
  • We already know that one-third of you do not have the right stuff--it only remains to find out who.
  • Put the right stuff in it, make the proper adjustments, and it will fly.
  • Deliberate practice of the right stuff and expert teaching are a winning combination.

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