earn stripes

earn your stripes

to do something to show that you deserve a particular rank or position She earned her stripes as a local reporter before becoming a foreign correspondent.
Etymology: based on the idea that soldiers wear stripes (strips of material sewn onto a uniform that show rank)
See also: earn, stripe

earn your stripes

to do something to show that you deserve a particular rank or position and have the skills needed for it She earned her stripes as a junior reporter before becoming education correspondent.
See earn brownie points, earn spurs
See also: earn, stripe
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STARS READY TO EARN STRIPES Jordan Spieth Age: 21 World ranking: 4 Best Masters finish: T2 (2014) Form (last 5 events): T2 2 W T17 T4 On incredible run of hot form.
co-founder and CMO, Brent Gleeson is set to star on the much anticipated NBC TV show, "Stars Earn Stripes.
An email from bosses of NBC's Stars Earn Stripes claimed "the rigours of the show were too intense" for Jack.
She was furious after an email from bosses of NBC's military-style reality show Stars Earn Stripes claimed "the rigours of the show were too intense for him".
Samantha Harris of Dancing with the Stars and more recently Stars Earn Stripes will serve as co-host.