- to be assured or confident of success: With a straight A average he's got it made.
- to have achieved success, especially wealth, status, or the like.
late 14c., from Middle English maked, from Old English macod "made," past participle of macian "to make" (see make). Made up "invented" is from 1789; of minds, "settled, decided," from 1873. To be a made man is in Marlowe's "Faust" (1590). To have it made (1955) is American English colloquial.
have it made
Be sure of success; also, have achieved success. For example, Since he knows all the important people, John has it made, or Karen was accepted every place she applied—she has it made. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with made
- made for each other
- made of money
- made to measure
- made to order
- have it made
Also see undermake.