earn (one's) wings

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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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I'm working hard to earn my wings by working to create a homeless shelter.
I've wanted to learn for years and it's fantastic that I'm still able to play football while I earn my wings.
He said: "The army are doing their best to get me back on track and I'm desperate to earn my wings.