earn (one's) wings

(redirected from earn his wings)

earn (one's) wings

To prove one's merit and skill. I never thought much of Stu, but he really earned his wings this week with how well he handled the merger.
See also: earn, wing
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Clarence is an AS2 - angel, second-class - trying for 200 years to become fully qualified and earn his wings.
JOE CRAGGS insists he has the taste for the big stage as he continues to earn his wings at Newcastle Falcons.
Enter Clarence, Angel second class whose mission is to save George and earn his wings.
The author goes on to complete more summer courses and add rank and decorations to his uniform, but before he can earn his wings he is forcibly confined to a Psychiatric ward for an illness he can't understand and doesn't accept.
He received his private pilot license in 1954 and became the first Aboriginal person in the Northwest Territories to earn his wings as a commercial pilot in 1958.
Pippin Hal by Paul Williams Benny Tyler returns to the Liverpool estate where he was murdered in gang violence, to earn his wings as a Guardian Angel.
Paul Williams's Pippin Hal is a coming-of-age tale about a guardian angel trying to earn his wings.
The young royal (right) will don overalls and a helmet and take to the skies with an instructor to earn his wings just like the Prince of Wales did more than 35 years ago.
The young royal will don overalls and a helmet and take to the skies with an instructor to earn his wings just like the Prince of Wales did more than 35 years ago.
It provides the opportunity for a youngster to earn his wings as a pitcher.
In order to earn his wings in heaven and once again team up with Gracie Allen, George Burns (Gorshin) is assigned by God (Dangerfield) to redeem a hopeless human named Shoomie (writer-director Scott Edmund Lane).
Brazil's first Skyhawk pilot became the last pilot to earn his wings on the TA-4J at NAS Meridian, landing the first A-4 on Sao Paulo in July 2001.
For Jon plucked up the courage to earn his wings in a parachute jump of his own - in aid of Operation Echo.
Patrick even found time to earn his wings, doing so at age 59.