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earn one's wings

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earn one's wings

verb phrase

To prove oneself competent and reliable in one's work

[1940s+; fr the wing-shaped badge awarded to graduating air cadets]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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