earn (one's) wings

(redirected from earned her wings)

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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She earned her wings in 2010 and wore the Fantasy Bra for the first time in 2015.
FLYING HIGH: Aimee Marsh, 16, has earned her wings after completing her Gliding Scholarship with the Air Cadets
AT this summer's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Black Country-born blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor earned her wings - literally.
She fought like a warrior and earned her wings. Her presence will be greatly missed and no one will be able to replace her, but her mission and message will always be carried forward by those who were fortunate to know her.
Star performance Richard Evans gained a 50th career success and had his claim reduced to 3lb when scoring on his father David's sprinter Vhujon Quote of the day "She's earned her wings and given Tony Fordham a first winner" - John Berry salutes Batgirl Which newcomer in the opening maiden looks a surefire winner of a similar event?
The 25-year-old model, who earned her wings and become an official Angel last year, will walk in the brand's annual fashion show wearing the coveted Fantasy Bra.
"It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am.
On her facebook page, "Angels for Talia," a family representative wrote, "(https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/prayfortalia) a*#aprayfortalia It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am.
In 2009, she walked in her first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and earned her wings the following year.