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. You'll need to earn your wings around here before they consider you for a different position.
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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.