earn (one's) stripes

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earn (one's) stripes

To prove that one is deserving of a particular position or designation. I told the recruiter that I earned my stripes as a teacher before moving into administration.
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earn one's stripes

Gain a position through hard work and accumulated experience. For example, She'd earned her stripes by serving for years as the governor's secretary and personal aide . This expression alludes to a military promotion or award, indicated by strips of chevron or braid added to the recipient's uniform and known as stripes since the early 1800s.
See also: earn, stripe

earn your stripes

If you earn your stripes, you gain enough experience to deserve a particular job or position. Mr. Thaddeus earned his stripes playing for such foreign bands as the London-based Pitiful Souls and Singapore's X-Periments. He has worked hard to earn his stripes as a skilled debater in the House of Assembly.
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That's one brave way for six-week-old Kai to earn his stripes as he made his public debut at a zoo in Australia.
Young Baeoh is not content with a second-class life, and sets out to earn his stripes through training and hard work.
A teenager has overcome his special needs to earn his stripes with the Army Cadet Force.
He has done more to earn his stripes as a messianic militarist--in service to the Leviathan--than any American.
Let him earn his stripes, then, and if he fails to deliver, then we can claim the right to criticise.
As he tees up with the other 180 hopefuls in the 108-hole Q-School ordeal starting at San Roque and Sotogrande on Thursday, Sherry knows he has to earn his stripes the hard way, especially as fate has dealt him another blow.
But despite the obvious bond between them, Ince knows he will have to earn his stripes to play for the Tigers.
But despite the obvious bond between them, Ince (above) knows he will have to earn his stripes to play for the Tigers.
HE may be a boyband heart-throb, but One Direction's Louis Tomlinson still had to earn his stripes last night on his Doncaster Rovers debut.
It looks like Ussuri will earn his stripes in no time.
Nicholls won this with Silver Birch in 2004 and L'Aventure in 2005 - so expect the 'Officier' to earn his stripes
So the reptilian diner tries to earn his stripes by picking on a zebra in Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve.
An onlooker said: "Bertie came to the right place if he wants to earn his stripes for the Mahon Tribunal.