potentials, qualities, or materials: he had the makings of a leader
Also called: rollings slang the tobacco and cigarette paper used for rolling a cigarette
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How to use makings in a sentence
In short, it had all the makings of a nuclear attack drill, part of an escalation in long-range Russian operations worldwide.
Throw in an X-Man whose special power is preserving religious liberty and you have the makings of a movie franchise.
For Schwarzenegger fans like me, the movie had all the makings of a breakthrough.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback? | Andrew Romano | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He demonstrated that he had the makings of a future Marine after his mother sent him on a last minute errand to a nearby deli.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free? | Michael Daly | January 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Coming to America in late 1774, already approaching 40, Paine not only had all the makings of a radical.We Are Radicals at Heart: A New History Gets America Wrong | Harvey J. Kaye | December 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Had he in him the makings of the mere trimmer and politician, in addition to the miserable vanity that had riven him to-day?Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
And do you know, Hilary, there's the makings of a devilish fine woman in Liosha, if one only knew the right way to take her.Jaffery | William J. Locke
Dinings and sendings of flowers, and evening love-makings—these for the time seemed the main business of Jefferson Barracks.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
I was not in the best of either, but I must have struck him as having "the makings" of I don't quite know what.In Accordance with the Evidence | Oliver Onions
But Colin had the makings of an angler in him and he was able instinctively to judge the amount of pressure that was needed.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler