earn (one's) wings

(redirected from earn her wings)

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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On her seventh birthday, it's time for Sally to earn her wings as a tooth fairy.
The more I think about it, it's not me, it's the fact that the Marine Corps had a chance to train the first female and have her earn her wings,'' Keri said.
Unlikely Angel'' - Dolly Parton plays the title role, a singer who dies in a car accident and gets a chance to earn her wings.