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pass (something) with flying colours

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind. Primarily heard in UK. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colours! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colours. He'll be a master builder in no time!
See also: colour, flying, pass
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This desire to pass with flying colours means that as testing time approaches, it's not only students who are getting anxious.
The pair find themselves in front of the promotion board and pass with flying colours, leaving Gill with the task of choosing who stays on as sergeant at the department.
Conclusion This is his biggest test so far, but Oliver Sherwood's gelding is exciting and can pass with flying colours.
Other students to pass with flying colours were science stream students Shayma Ashraf Sarah (GPA 4.25), Tama Sutradhar (GPA 4.06), Khadija Jainal Abedin (GPA 4.06) and Farhana Sayed Anower (GPA 4.06).
He faced a panel of experts examining his thesis on 'Injuries in professional football and the effects of de-training' and secured a pass with flying colours.
Some could pass with flying colours now, others have a lot to do.
"I am sure they will pass with flying colours. It's just a formality."
He said: "The Government made it clear this year's CPA would be a much harder test for councils, so to pass with flying colours is tremendous." Chief executive George Garlick said: "We have a strong commitment to continuous improvement."
We asked him some basic questions about his homeland - but he didn't exactly pass with flying colours.
American Thompson, whose two significant losses had come against Wladimir Klitschko, was viewed as a serious test for the Liverpudlian but Price was expected to pass with flying colours in front of nearly 6,000 fans.
So you can understand my delight in discovering that, yes, I pass with flying colours on the finger test.
He said "you've got to do your homework." Well this Grade-A student will pass with flying colours. At bigger prices, may I suggest two Bens - Curtis and Crane.
At times, the four-month-long course was hard for James, but he was ecstatic to pass with flying colours - as he said, himself: "What a relief!"
His younger brother will be get his GCSE results on Thursday and he is also expected to pass with flying colours.
But if its comfort on short trips is anything to go by the Civic will pass with flying colours.