Definition of be the making of someone in English:

be the making of someone

phrase

  • Ensure someone's success or favourable development.

    ‘this place has been the making of me in many ways’
    • ‘Ironically, Stuart's 14 years in jail were the making of him.’
    • ‘A lot of needling went on just about constantly, but it was the making of you in a strange way.’
    • ‘He says that it was the making of him - that he came back from his hell a better person.’
    • ‘I was quite happy to accept the pressures and responsibilities, and in many ways it's been the making of me.’
    • ‘He got into trouble with the law at an early age with him being sent to an Approved School, a move which he said was the making of him.’
    • ‘Recovering from this breakdown was the making of him, he says now.’
    • ‘Years later, the same traits have been the making of him.’
    • ‘The workingclass background will be the making of him.’
    • ‘‘The army or navy can be the making of them,’ he says.’
    • ‘But if McConnell can stand the strain, some allies also believe it could be the making of him.’