earn (one's) wings

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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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Tim Roth may be best known for being mad, bad and dangerous to know in his Hollywood roles but he earns his wings in modern fairytale Skellig.
He still has a ways to go before he earns his wings again.
Apprentice jockey Sam Hitchcott earns his wings at Kempton yesterday, steering Joint Aspiration to success in the Rukba PAFS EBF Fillies' Stakes for boss Mick Channon
EVERY TIME A BELL RINGS, AN ANGEL GETS ITS WINGS: Angel Nick Gillias, aged 16, finally earns his wings after helping out Matthew Parsons, aged 17, and his stage wife Leanne Meaney, aged 17.