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(of an experience or person) turn a young man into a mature adult.‘I make men out of them and teach them never to let anyone outsmart them’
- ‘According to testimony from the man's wife and sister-in-law, he did this to toughen the boy up, make a man out of him.’
- ‘He told me to go and join the effing Army or the effing rugby club, and that would make a man out of me.’
- ‘We would go on hikes and we started out with small hikes like 10 miles and ended up doing 30-mile hikes with a pack, they made a man out of you real quick.’
- ‘I enjoyed my Air Force experience and I suppose the military did make a man out of me.’
- ‘I set sail with the Navy Seals and, let me tell you, they made a man out of me.’
- ‘But I think every lad in Rochdale should do it because it makes a man out of you and I think a bit of discipline would put a stop to a lot of trouble.’
- ‘Being a single father made a man out of me, and I can honestly say I am a better man today and thankful for the experience.’
- ‘He smiled all big and friendly and put his arm around my shoulder and started talking about how great the army was and how it would make a man out of me, but I wasn't having any of it.’
- ‘I always thought the U.S. Open made a man out of you more than any other golf tournament.’
- ‘They were really nice and accommodating, knowing that everyone has a different pain tolerance and that getting a tattoo is often the kind of experience that ‘makes a man out of you.’’
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