earn (one's) wings

(redirected from earned 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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He was given a helicopter tour of the city, presented with a custom-tailored DPS uniform, and even earned wings to pin on his uniform.