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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Barbecue teams are ready to battle and earn their wings on Saturday.
Mobile phones were banned and mental tasks set, making them bond as a group and earn their wings.
The training will also surpass typical qualification levels of lower level devices before the cadets earn their wings on the Academy's fleet of 22 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston and five Embraer Phenom 100EV very light jet aircraft.
Despite age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or any other categorization with which one might identify, graduates of air assault school earn their wings solely by passing the air assault standard.
WAVE is looking for courageous people across the UK to take part in a charity parachute jump and earn their WINGS on National Wings Day.
Muscat: Armed with a battery of tips and pointers following two days of instruction in Oman Sail's Coaching Clinics, 120 young competitors gunning for honours at Mussanah Race Week 2014 will get a chance to earn their wings when racing gets underway on Friday in Mussanah.
WOMEN are to be given the green light to earn their wings and join the Paras.
and 7-year-old sister Ebony earn their wings four years after tragic car fire (Van Nuys, CA, Sept.
They are the cinematographer, production designer and costume designer, who earn their wings and most of the praise.
Hopefully they will soon earn their wings and then visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park can look forward to seeing them being taught to fish by mum and dad on northern Europe's biggest manmade lake."
Oscar-winner Tony Bill directs an old-fashioned adventure as the flyboys, led by Martin Henderson earn their wings up against the more experienced German pilots.
Written by Sunday school teacher Kaycee Clancy, Sky Painters is a fanciful softcover children's picturebook about horses Matty and Joy that live in the clouds and earn their wings from the great hands of "the Master".
Each year several hundred aviators graduate from HT-18 and earn their wings of gold.
They'd have to earn their wings before God could be their co-pilot, but in the meantime, football players at the Air Force Academy could take comfort in the fact that they played for "Team Jesus Christ."