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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.
See also: earn, spur

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
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earn (one's)

To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.
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In 1975, a 38-year-old man typically earned 61% more than a woman.
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Every time a member gets four hits, theyOll earn bonus miles in addition to the miles earned from that partner.
SITTING ATOP THE HEALTH INSURANCE BUSINESS with premiums earned of more than twice the second-place insurer is United healthcare Insurance company, which in 2008 had premiums of $32.15 billion, an amount 9.5% greater than the previous year.
There are more than 19,000 dentists in England and Wales, of which 382 earned more than pounds 300,000 before tax, excluding expenses.
citizens are subject to federal income tax on all their income, wherever earned. U.S.