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.
See also: earn, wing
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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).