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pass (something) 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. 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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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]
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Julie learns how to incorporate her martial arts practice into her daily life; when the day of her gold belt test comes, she's nervous but passes with flying colors, earning a special prize--an autographed photo of her favorite celebrity, Brandy Wu
The young New York money manager passes with flying colors, but of course the credit report is color blind.
By even such an exacting measure, Aurel Thomas Kolnai (1900-1973) passes with flying colors.