earn (one's) spurs

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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.
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earn one's spurs

Fig. to prove oneself. After that rodeo, all the cowboys agreed that Sally had earned her spurs. He felt that he had earned his spurs when he received his Ph.D.
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earn your spurs

or

win your spurs

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you earn your spurs or win your spurs, you show you are capable of doing something well, and can be relied on to do it well in the future. How did he earn his spurs for the toughest police job in the country? Kampelman had won his spurs as U.S. negotiator at the Madrid talks. Note: In medieval times, when a man was made a knight, he was sometimes given a pair of golden spurs.
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She earned her spurs in Britain in the late 1990s and hit the spotlight when she was runner-up in the toughest learner event in the world,
SOUTH Wales Police has appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable who earned her spurs in the controversial raid on London's Finsbury Park Mosque.
She was so upset when she thought she wouldn't be able to take part in the shows but she rested, worked hard and has really earned her spurs on this job.
Joining him is Laura Lee Norris, a former general counsel of Cypress Semiconductor who earned her spurs as a patent agent at Intel, offering tips on holding legal costs down.
Zoe, who earned her spurs working in top restaurants in Bristol and Bath over a 12-year period, had to satisfy the palate of no less a gastronome than Henry Cecil on her arrival in Newmarket, when she worked at Warren Place as cook and housekeeper.
At 43 she's a clever shrewd operator who earned her spurs by handling complicated heavy political arguments live on air.