pass (something) with flying colours

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pass (something) with flying colours

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind. Primarily heard in UK. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colours! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colours. He'll be a master builder in no time!
See also: colour, flying, pass
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Monica Bellucci Italian bombshell Monica does Hollywood glamour and passes with flying colours.
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Although he passes with flying colours, this is a crucial moment for the relationship.
It may sound crazy but there can be a real difference between a student who, dare we say it, "just" gets an A grade and one who passes with flying colours.