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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Cameron Carter-Vickers earned his spurs on debut with Sheffield United's winner in their 1-0 win at bottom of the table Bolton.
The former Scotland star, back for his second spell at the club, earned his spurs in the wake of the plunge into administration back in 2002.
It is a long way from Uddingston to the troublespots of Burundi and Rwanda where the Scottish diplomat priest earned his spurs as the Vatican's man overseas.
Indeed, his second behind Wishfull Thinking in January is worthy of added scrutiny as the winner that day subsequently earned his spurs at the Cheltenham Festival.
ROHIT GANDHI may have earned his spurs as a leading fashion designer along with partner Rahul Khanna, but he is as impeccably sound with his judgment about art as he is with fashion.
Founded: 1887 Nicknames: The Pool, The Seasiders, The Tangerines Honours: Division One runners-up 1955-56; FA Cup winners 1953, FA Cup runners-up 1948, 1951 Last in top flight: 1971 Manager: Ian Holloway Legend: Sir Stanley Matthews: He may have been born in Stoke, but it was at Blackpool the man regarded as one of the greatest Englishman ever to play the game earned his spurs.
SUBSTITUTES Sion Edwards (for Smyth 69 min) Earned his spurs with that brilliant free-kick to lay on the winner 7.
But play continued and Sheriffe earned his spurs while Leeds had centre Carl Ablett sin-binned.
David Nahai, who earned his spurs as a political fundraiser for the mayor among the Westside liberal/environmentalist crowd.
Not that he hadn't already earned his spurs in the business.
Selection for the Under 16 section of the big event in Portugal between September 10-18 is a great achievement for the King James's pupil, who fishes for Barnsley and District and earned his spurs in the England trial at Stourport.
The 13-year-old earned his spurs after medalling up and down the country this season and taking third place on his international debut in France.
KALAMAN earned his spurs when taking the Scottish Derby at Ayr last month, and another journey not quite so far north beckons in the Juddmonte International at York on Tuesday.
Also from the City Of Brotherly Love, bassman Harold McGilberry has the almost impossible task of replacing the late, much-loved Melvin Franklin but he earned his spurs with 70s five-piece the Futures, so he fits the bill just fine.