Meaning of “make a man (out) of sb” in the English Dictionary

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"make a man (out) of sb" in British English

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make a man (out) of sb

to cause a young man or boy to act like an adult and take responsibility:

A couple of years in the army should make a man of him.

(Definition of “make a man (out) of sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)