come off with flying colors

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come off with flying colors

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she came off with flying colors! It was the team's first time in a tournament match, but I know they'll come off with flying colors.
See also: color, come, flying, off
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flying colors, come off with

To succeed; to win. This term, which alludes to the victorious battleship sailing with flags high, dates from the late seventeenth century. “It may . . . bring a man off with flying colours,” wrote philosopher John Locke (A Letter Concerning Toleration, 1692).
See also: come, flying, off
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