earn (one's) stripes

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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.
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earn one's stripes

Gain a position through hard work and accumulated experience. For example, She'd earned her stripes by serving for years as the governor's secretary and personal aide . This expression alludes to a military promotion or award, indicated by strips of chevron or braid added to the recipient's uniform and known as stripes since the early 1800s.
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earn your stripes

If you earn your stripes, you gain enough experience to deserve a particular job or position. Mr. Thaddeus earned his stripes playing for such foreign bands as the London-based Pitiful Souls and Singapore's X-Periments. He has worked hard to earn his stripes as a skilled debater in the House of Assembly.
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Each has earned stripes for being among the top "military friendly" colleges named by the American Council of Education.
Peter Healey, Cirencester Stars has earned stripes Youmzain and Conduit don't come up better than Sea The Stars on the figures.
It must be admitted, too, that Chris Hughton, set up as the original patsy, has earned stripes where once there were only the marks of the lash.
He earned stripes at Clint High in El Paso, where his team led the state in passing in 1999 and finished second the year before.
AHAM reported last week that an additional 40 earned stripes in the May exams, including 26 who became Universal Technicians signifying competence in all products.