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with flying colors

Exceptionally well or very successfully. Said especially of one's performance in a test, examination, competition, 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!
See also: color, flying
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with flying colours

COMMON If you achieve something, such as passing an examination, with flying colours, you achieve it easily and are very successful. Note: A ship's colours are its national flag. She passed the entrance exam with flying colors. Note: The image here is of a victorious battleship sailing back into port with its national flag flying.
See also: colour, flying
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with flying colours

with distinction.
Formerly, in military contexts, flying colours meant having the regimental flag flying as a sign of success or victory; a conquered army usually had to lower (or strike ) its colours .
See also: colour, flying
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with ˌflying ˈcolours

(British English) (American English with ˌflying ˈcolors) with great success: We expect your son to pass the exam with flying colours.She came through her French test with flying colours.In the past, if a ship or an army lost a battle it had to take down its colours (= the national flag). The ship or army that won a victory continued to show its flag.
See also: colour, flying
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"Despite facing a big test on official figures in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle, he passed it with flying colours
Jashpur, (Chhattisgarh) [India] June 9 ( ANI ): Despite being born into extreme poverty, a student from Chhattisgarh's Jashpur district came out with flying colours, scoring 90 percent in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains.
First National Bank Holdings announced recently that their 50 delegates of the New Managers' Development Programme (NMDP), Management Development Programme (MDP) and Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) programme of the University of Stellenbosch passed their courses with flying colours. Magda Talbot of FNB received the award for best academic student for MDP, while Rodney Forbes was amongst the top four in the SMDP programme.
A couple of minor niggles forced her to miss Royal Ascot and Newmarket's July meeting but she came through a gallop on Saturday with flying colours and is all set to return.
After passing the tough test with flying colours, Betty, of Roath, Cardiff, said: "I was very proud to pass.
LOOK HERE came through her latest workout with flying colours ahead of her return to action in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.
But now, against the odds, Val of West Boldon, South Tyneside, is celebrating after passing a college course with flying colours.
BIG BROWN came through his final workout before the Belmont Stakes with flying colours as his date with destiny draws ever closer.
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Both came through with flying colours. The only problem for Wayne that I can foresee is that he faces three games in nine days and could be tired later in the tournament.
The Seamus Graham-trained star faces his stiffest task to date, but can come through with flying colours.
'We played well and came through with flying colours and there are positive signs.
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On Monday, head coach Jim Criner saw his gridiron Bravehearts come through their first test with flying colours against the World Bowl champions, the Barcelona Dragons.
Summary: New Delhi [India] Jun 5(ANI): The topper of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 Kalpana Kumari's marks card is deemed to be a reflection of the perseverance she showed in emerging successful with flying colours.
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