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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Most of these kids could not read and were passing with E symbols but today they can read and they are passing with flying colours," Gallagher said proudly.
Thinking he was signing up for a football coaching course and being a bit embarrassed he stayed in the room, liked what he was doing and ended up passing with flying colours.
POLICE are focussing on drivers' eyesight in Huddersfield - and so far they are passing with flying colours.
My daughter Amy, who is 18, wanted to learn to drive and was my first pupil - a real star, passing with flying colours.