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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.
See also: earn, spur

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. You'll need to earn your stripes around here before they consider you for a different position.
See also: earn, stripe
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earn (one's)

To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.
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At the same time, male graduates were typically earning PS23,500 - a full PS5,900 more a year.
At the other end of the scale, the biggest pay gap in favour of women was in Physics and Astronomy, which saw recent female graduates earning PS2,800 more.
Allen Schneider, 14, also of Litchfield, swam 12 events throughout the weekend and cut 2.16 off 400 free, 1:34.76 off 800 free earning a new BB cut, 0.97 off 100 free, 1.05 off 100 back, and 2.75 off 200 free earning a new A cut.
The survey pointed out that despite the rise in income, most people were still earning less than RM4,000 and therefore high cost of living, prices of basic necessities, employment, and the goods and services tax were the prime concerns of Malaysian voters.
Of those earning between PS50k and PS54,999, 85 were men and 71 were women; 231 men and 168 women earned between PS55k and PS59,999; 37 men and 26 women earned between PS60k and PS64,999; 55 men and 43 women earned between PS65k and PS69,999; 44 men and 33 women earned between PS70k and PS74,999; 26 men and 17 women earned between PS75k and PS79,999, six men and seven women earned between PS80k and PS84,999; 11 men and eight women earned between PS85k and PS89,999; and 11 men and five women earned between PS90k and PS94,999.
Dan, an employee at Rossing Uranium mine at Arandis said he would date a woman earning more as long as respect, mutual agreement and trust are in the relationship.
WORKERS typically reach the peak of their earning power at the age of 38, official statistics show.
The reported earning and the relations obtained from that is are usually used in reward and salary and borrowing contracts.
The Shura Council approved on Monday the new income tax law, which introduced widening the top tier tax bracket of 25%, formerly for those earning above EGP 10m, to include those earning EGP 250,000.(AFP Photo)
* The gap between men's and women's salaries begins immediately upon entering the workforce, with women earning 80 of what men earn one year out of college.
NI(U)T has registered a phenomenal growth of 74% in net profit which increased to 3,343 million, NIT-EMOF and NIT-SEF earning net profit of Rs.
Additionally, CWEI said that under its commitment it can drill in the first year at least 20 earning wells and has an option for another 20 earning wells per year in the next four years to earn all of Chesapeake's acreage.
Shop4Miles, a new program, mileage collectors have a new option for earning miles when shopping online.
It is all a matter of earning power: According to the U.S.