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pass with flying colors

To win, achieve, or accomplish something exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of a test, examination, or training of some kind. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pass" and "with" to specify what has been passed. Primarily heard in US. Samantha was rather nervous taking her final exam, but she passed with flying colors! Your brother passed his apprenticeship with flying colors. He'll be a master builder in no time!
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with flying colors, pass with

Also, come through with flying colors. Win, succeed, as in She came through the bar exam with flying colors. This expression alludes to a victorious ship sailing with its flags high. [Late 1600s]
See also: flying, pass
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Team Philippines passed with flying colors its initial test in the 2018 World Cup of Pool yesterday after a 7-3 victory over New Zealand at the Luwan Arena in Shanghai, China.
One of the last to take the English level test, Song Minho of Winner surprisingly passed with flying colors. Apparently, being a hip hop artist and an avid follower of American rappers helped him.
CAK airfield and operations passed with flying colors.
Shooting offhand (results noted in the test) is more a test of the shooter's skill, but is useful in studying reliability, which the M11-A1 passed with flying colors.--Jeff John
He passed with flying colors. Frankie has good vision and healthy eyes.
His performance during two Air Combat Command Safety evaluations ensured the Safety Office passed with flying colors. He taught Supervisor Safety Training for three units that could not attend regular class dates including a Saturday to help a Reserve squadron.
"Our captive was standing by to quickly pay out cash needed for mitigation and repairs, and it passed with flying colors. It's a perfect example of why you set up captives" he said.
The bird passed with flying colors: Unlike birds from the two other species in its genus, the pygmy swiftlet can fly around in a darkened room without slamming into the walls.
Fitted with side curtain and seat-mounted airbags, it passed with flying colors. "This is a great example of how far we've come with a concentration on making crashes more survivable by changing the design of the vehicle," says Bob Lange, executive director, Structure and Safety Integration at GM.
The team has completed an intense round of testing at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and the system passed with flying colors. Norman Maynard, program manager for the design team from the Air Force Flight Test Center's instrumentation division at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., said if all continues to go well the system may be in the field in less than a year.
B had taught "to the test" and well beyond it; every member of our class passed with flying colors.
Recently Netgrocer.com was put to the ultimate delivery test-and passed with flying colors. Faced with the winter closing of the U.S.
The Active Label cards passed with flying colors -- and today, they are a customer service staple in the chain's supermarkets coast-to-coast.
"1996 was a good test for REITS, and they passed with flying colors."