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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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But two goals in three minutes either side of half time from Robbie Keane appeared to have earned Spurs only their sixth ever win at Anfield.
Robbie Keane earned Spurs a place in the group stages with a second-half winner at White Hart Lane.
Former Newcastle star Jenas earned Spurs a hard-fought point yesterday with a stunning 72nd-minute free-kick that simply confirmed what we all suspected - that Chelsea will arrive in Manchester the day after Bonfire Night with United's title hopes burning in the wreckage of another failed campaign.
Ameobi came off the bench to drive home a low shot four minutes from time just when sub Jermain Defoe's 68th-minute strike looked to have earned Spurs a fifth straight win.
Content: Redknapp was happy with Spurs' point Cor blimey: Vedran Corluka celebrates the goal that earned Spurs a 2-2 draw Kranking it up: Spurs' Niko Kranjcar makes it 1-1 with a powerful shot Ric does the trick: Ricardo Gardner races off after putting Bolton one up
Robbie keane earned Spurs a place in the group stages of the Uefa Cup with a second-half winner at White Hart Lane, writes Adrain Curtis.
A surging run forward from Redknapp on 25 minutes was halted by a crunching challenge from Didi Hamann which earned Spurs a free kick 25 yards from goal.
He earned Spurs a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at White Hart Lane - and set the trend.
Gomes' brilliant saves to foil Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora may only have earned Spurs one point, although it could have been three but for Mark Schwarzer's late double-block to deny Peter Crouch and Jermaine Jenas.
HAD OUR PHIL: Chelsea fans booed boss Scolari, inset, and his side after Bent's goal earned Spurs a Stamford Bridge point
Defoe earned Spurs this second crack at the Baggies when he converted a penalty after he was fouled in the box by Darren Purse.
Evergreen striker Les Ferdinand looked to have earned Spurs their first win of the festive season with his 11th goal of the campaign.
Gomes' brilliant saves to foil Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora may only only have earned Spurs one point, although it could have been three but for Mark Schwarzer's late double-block to deny Peter Crouch and Jermaine Jenas.
David Ginola earned Spurs another crack at Wimbledon after he cancelled out Robbie Earle's opener.