right stuff


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right stuff

n. Informal
Essential abilities or qualities, such as self-confidence, dependability, and knowledge, necessary for success in a given field or situation.
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He told me that I was the right stuff for success, and that he believed in encouraging American youth that wanted to rise.
Mother's milk not nourishin', that's what it was, because she didn't have the right stuff to eat.
That interested me awfully, because I always say it doesn't matter how you're born if you've got the right stuff in you.
That crew of Liverpool hard cases had in them the right stuff. It's my experience they always have.
Philip Kaufman purposefully began his 1983 Oscar-winning epic "The Right Stuff," based on Tom Wolfe's book about the daring test pilots of the space program's early days, with Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepherd) on a horseback.
It's a gorgeous image that reminds us of the poetry of classic space movies like 2001, Gravity and particularly The Right Stuff, the epic Philip Kaufman adaptation of Tom Wolf's non-fiction book about NASA.
Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities, has died at the age of 87, his agent has said.
Talk about nerves of steel: the definition of The Right Stuff. Shults is the pilot who managed to land a badly damaged Southwest jet after its engine blew apart at 32,000 feet, sending shrapnel through the fuselage.
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He indeed had "the right stuff." His voice will truly be missed," tweeted George Takei.