come off with flying colors(redirected from was coming off with flying colors)
come off 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 came off with flying colors! It was the team's first time in a tournament match, but I know they'll come off with flying colors.
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flying colors, come off with
To succeed; to win. This term, which alludes to the victorious battleship sailing with flags high, dates from the late seventeenth century. “It may . . . bring a man off with flying colours,” wrote philosopher John Locke (A Letter Concerning Toleration, 1692).
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