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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. 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!
See also: color, flying, pass
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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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Monica Bellucci Italian bombshell Monica does Hollywood glamour and passes with flying colours. In a teal gown with subtle thigh-high split in luxe velvet, we are in vel-awe of her get-up.
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It may sound crazy but there can be a real difference between a student who, dare we say it, "just" gets an A grade and one who passes with flying colours.