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right stuff, the

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right stuff, the

noun phrase

by 1848 The best human ingredients, such as fortitude and resolution: a heart that was made of the right stuff to set off to advantage his iron frame

[popularized by Tom Wolfe's 1979 book about the first astronauts]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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