be\ the\ making\ of

be\ the\ making\ of
v. phr.
To account for the success of someone or something.

The strict discipline that we had to undergo in graduate school was the making of many a successful professor.

The relatively low cost and high gas mileage are the making of Chevrolet's Geo Metro cars.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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