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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Successful candidates will complete a six-week training course before earning their wings to fly on board Ryanair aircraft.
Flight Emergency: Take the Left Seat in Eight Role-Playing Emergency Scenarios" is a companion guide to those who are earning their wings and taking to the sky and want to be as prepared as possible for the worst of situations to strike where one wrong move spells their certain death.
They are said to include some who are just a few flying hours away from earning their wings as fully qualified pilots.