I am in search of expression or phrase that can be used to describe something that has all the qualities or skills to create.

Usually, I use the phrase "having all the spices for making a tournament successful."

What alternative expression/phrase can be used to replace "having all the spice" in the given sentence

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Because we usually use the term ingredients to refer to physical substances rather than attributes, I'd say this very common idiomatic usage isn't so much literal as metaphoric (alluding to things like culinary recipes)...

(Something has) all the ingredients to be a great (whatever it could be.)

Note that the idiomatic element is to have all the ingredients [to do/be something]. But I specifically searched for ...to be a great... there to show that this idiom is usually (but not always) used in "positive" contexts.

Thus it's much more likely that something/someone has all the ingredients to be a success than that it has all the ingredients to be a disaster. There are 9 times more instances of the success version than the disaster version there - but more generally, to be a success is only 3 times more common than to be a disaster in Google Books.

I'd also add that to this native speaker's ear, to have all the spices sounds more like a simple mistranslation of the above idiom than a natural native speaker usage.

  • Thanks for the answer, Can I some few more idiom similar to the above answer? Aug 8, 2018 at 8:52
  • There's closely-related to have the makings of (some end result - again, usually favourable), which also often occurs as to have all the makings of... But I wouldn't get too carried away with the idea of "maxing out" on idiomatic usages like this. Unless you're already very good at standard English grammar, vocabulary, etc., you're likely to make (minor) mistakes that will be easily noticed by the natives! Aug 8, 2018 at 16:51

You can use the expression have what it takes (to do something):

to have the qualities or character needed to be successful: She doesn’t have a college degree, but I think she has what it takes to do the job.

(Cambridge Dictionary)


come together TFD

  1. To happen or form successfully.

As in:

"Despite difficulties, it all came together for a successful tournament."

Despite all of the last-minute chaos, the party came together splendidly.

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