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right stuff

noun, Informal.
1.
the necessary or ideal qualities or capabilities, as courage, confidence, dependability, toughness, or daring (usually preceded by the).
Origin of right stuff
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30
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  • That crew of Liverpool hard cases had in them the right stuff.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • "I see you've got the right stuff in you, young man," said Dominick heartily.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • If he has the right stuff in him perhaps we can give him a lift.

    The Story of Wool Sara Ware Bassett
  • You have the right stuff in you, I warrant—all the Fords have.

    Athelstane Ford Allen Upward
  • If he had had the right stuff in him he would have made good.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx

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