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with flying colors

Exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of an test, examination, or training of some kind. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colors! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colors. He'll be a master builder in no time!
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with flying colors

Cliché easily and excellently. John passed his geometry test with flying colors. Sally qualified for the race with flying colors.
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with flying colours

COMMON If you achieve something, such as passing an examination, with flying colours, you achieve it easily and are very successful. Note: A ship's colours are its national flag. She passed the entrance exam with flying colors. Note: The image here is of a victorious battleship sailing back into port with its national flag flying.
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with flying colours

with distinction.
Formerly, in military contexts, flying colours meant having the regimental flag flying as a sign of success or victory; a conquered army usually had to lower (or strike ) its colours .
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with ˌflying ˈcolours

(British English) (American English with ˌflying ˈcolors) with great success: We expect your son to pass the exam with flying colours.She came through her French test with flying colours.In the past, if a ship or an army lost a battle it had to take down its colours (= the national flag). The ship or army that won a victory continued to show its flag.
See also: colour, flying

with flying colors

mod. flamboyantly; boldly. Paul came home with flying colors after the match.
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with flying colors

With complete or outstanding success: passed the exam with flying colors.
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We subjected Railinc's operations to a rigorous, third-party audit and we passed with flying colors," said Richard Flynn, Railinc's Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
Centennial Software passed our audit software provider certification process with flying colors, and we are pleased to add Centennial Discovery to the line-up of audit tools available to our members," said Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA's Vice President of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement.
For the first time a MEMS-based DCE has been subjected to a set of tests that were specifically designed to simulate the worst real life operating conditions expected in the field and our product passed with flying colors," said Asif Godil, CTO of LIGHTCONNECT.
Our evaluation process for management solutions was extremely rigorous, and AmberPoint came through with flying colors," said Toby Redshaw, corporate vice president of IT Strategy Architecture and eBusiness, Motorola.
During this strict one year test period preformed by an independent Chief Engineer, THE WARLOCK was subjected to a battery of rigorous tests, passing with flying colors.
The Commons Beach enhancements, nestled on the shore of North Lake Tahoe flanking Tahoe City's downtown commercial corridor, were intended to restore and improve the once-bustling core of North Tahoe's main thoroughfare and achieved so with flying colors, as well as a few bells and whistles.