pass (something) with flying colours

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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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Tribune News network Doha PAK Shamaa School has achieved excellent results in SSC I Exam conducted by the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Islamabad, in March this year, with many of its students passing with flying colours. The first, second and third positions were bagged by Sadia Saeed, Haider Naeem and Muhammad Saim Maqsood who secured 493, 480 and 475 marks respectively.
PICKERSGILL ELECTROPLATING LTD'S powder coating expertise is being put to the test in some of the toughest industrial environments in the world and is passing with flying colours, according to a leading structural fabricator.
"Most of these kids could not read and were passing with E symbols but today they can read and they are passing with flying colours," Gallagher said proudly.
Thinking he was signing up for a football coaching course and being a bit embarrassed he stayed in the room, liked what he was doing and ended up passing with flying colours. After one season in the local Wakefield league he was promoted to level 6 by West Riding FA and after relocating to Liverpool and was promoted again to level 4 which saw him officiating as both referee and linesman in the Liverpool County Premier, North West Counties, UniBond and Blue Square Conference North leagues.
POLICE are focussing on drivers' eyesight in Huddersfield - and so far they are passing with flying colours.
After passing with flying colours, she went on to achieve five GCSEs..
"My daughter Amy, who is 18, wanted to learn to drive and was my first pupil - a real star, passing with flying colours.