earn (one's) spurs

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earn (one's) spurs

To prove one's skill in a particular area. Once you've watched the triplets for an entire day, then you'll have earned your spurs as a caretaker, as far as I'm concerned. After getting my bachelor's degree, I earned my spurs as a teacher by working in underfunded urban schools.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

earn one's spurs

Fig. to prove oneself. After that rodeo, all the cowboys agreed that Sally had earned her spurs. He felt that he had earned his spurs when he received his Ph.D.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

earn your spurs


win your spurs

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you earn your spurs or win your spurs, you show you are capable of doing something well, and can be relied on to do it well in the future. How did he earn his spurs for the toughest police job in the country? Kampelman had won his spurs as U.S. negotiator at the Madrid talks. Note: In medieval times, when a man was made a knight, he was sometimes given a pair of golden spurs.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

earn (one's)

To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull should earn his spurs before asking for huge wages.
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ROONEY LOVES TO EARN HIS SPURS WAYNE ROONEY has scored 11 goals in his last 16 Premier League appearances against Tottenham.
With Kane just 2.5 (6-4) to score at any time in the match there is every chance Harry will earn his spurs.
ALBERTO PALOSCHI plans to earn his spurs today by emulating his hero Filippo Inzaghi.
TOM CARROLL looks to have ruled out a return to Swansea City after stating he wants to earn his Spurs back at Tottenham.
CHRIS COLEMAN has backed Ben Davies to earn his Spurs at Tottenham and become the No.1 left-back at White Hart Lane.
And the move is likely to give Roman Pavlyuchenko a chance to earn his spurs under the Redknapp regime.
That said, this is exactly where David Moyes will earn his spurs.
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The boss of Hockley-based Acme Whistles has blown time on his day job for a year and is out to earn his spurs as this year's president by cutting a distinctive figure in the Birmingham business world.
He shrugged off a second-half miss against Group E rivals Monaco, which he normally would have buried to earn his Spurs side a point.
SCOTS star Marc Warren aims to earn his spurs for Augusta by donning a pair of cowboy boots in Texas.
The German was second in the 2002 US Tour Q-School to earn his spurs over there and he was fourth in the 2003 USPGA.
Harrison netted twice in a 3-3 stalemate, with the resultant penalty shoot-out seeing Obiter goalkeeper Smith earn his spurs with two penalty saves in a dramatic 7-5 win.