earn (one's) wings

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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.
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One summer prior to earning my wings at the Army Primary Helicopter School at Fort Wolters, Texas, I was flying a solo cross country in west Texas in a trusty H-23 (Hiller Killer).
Her additional writing experiences include several short stories: "Earning My Wings" in Touched by an Angel: A Collection of Divinely Inspired Stories and Poems, Transcendent Publishing, October 2013; "Mercy's Legacy" in Best of Spiritual Writers Network 2013, Transcendent Publishing, December 2013; "Be Careful What You Wish For" in The Best of Spiritual Writers Network, Transcendent Publishing, January 2015.