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.
See also: earn, stripe
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: earn, stripe
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

earn (one's)

spurs/stripes
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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The graduates here today have done magnificently well to earn their stripes."
You have to stand by them, because they won't just blend in, they'll demand and command attention - so wherever you decide to put yours, make them work for you and earn their stripes.
DEREK ADAMS insists Ross County stars have to earn their stripes before emulating Caley Thistle and St Johnstone in the international arena.
Dave Cocks, lifeboat operations manager for Redcar, said: "The guys have worked hard to earn their stripes. We ask a tremendous lot of our volunteers on a day-to-day basis so they've had to put in even more of their own time and effort to get to the standard required by the RNLI."
4&5 Get the look Colin and Justin earn their stripes by waging war on a military-looking living room.
NUNEATON footballers can earn their stripes for Nuneaton Town and play for the club in the local Sunday leagues next season.
Still, with a dash of charisma and animation, Sergeant will soon earn their stripes.
TIGER FEAT: The kids of Dance Depot earn their stripes on stage; Picture: FRANK LOUGHLIN
We are backing the draw at 14/5 with BetBright in what won't be a Tiger mauling, but will see the hosts earn their stripes.
Richard Kerr Zebre earn their stripes as Blues slip to humiliating defeat | Possibly the Blues were trying a bit too hard to score tries and so made mistakes.
BORO will have to earn their stripes on and off the pitch next season.