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making

[mey-king] /ˈmeɪ kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that makes:
The making of a violin requires great skill.
2.
structure; constitution; makeup.
3.
the means or cause of success or advancement:
to be the making of someone.
4.
Usually, makings. capacity or potential:
He has the makings of a first-rate officer.
5.
makings.
  1. material of which something may be made:
    the makings for a tossed salad.
  2. Older Slang. paper and tobacco with which to make a hand-rolled cigarette.
6.
something made.
7.
the quantity made:
a making of butter.
Idioms
8.
in the making, in the process of being made; developing or evolving; growing:
Our space scientists see history in the making.
Origin of making
1150
before 1150; Middle English; Old English macung. See make1, -ing1
Related forms
self-making, adjective
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  • "It'll be the makings of the boy," he said to Mrs. Bines in her son's presence.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You were all spoiling for a fight—and there did seem to be the makings of a beautiful row!

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Now the chance is 97 yours to prove that you have the makings of a man.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • You're not fit for it, lad; you have only the makings of a dominie.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • He has the makings of a good man, only he has let himself drift so terribly.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for makings

makings

/ˈmeɪkɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
potentials, qualities, or materials: he had the makings of a leader
2.
(slang) Also called rollings. the tobacco and cigarette paper used for rolling a cigarette
3.
profits; earnings

making

/ˈmeɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. the act of a person or thing that makes or the process of being made
  2. (in combination): watchmaking
2.
be the making of, to cause the success of
3.
in the making, in the process of becoming or being made: a politician in the making
4.
something made or the quantity of something made at one time
5.
make-up; composition
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