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flying colors

plural noun
flags or ensigns flown on a ship.
with flying colors, with an overwhelming victory, triumph, or success:
He passed the test with flying colors.
Origin of flying colors
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mr. Gallatin closed his four years of administration with flying colors.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • He had fought a duel and had come out of it with flying colors.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • John admitted that he could carry off the affair with flying colors.

    The Opened Shutters

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • But she need not have been alarmed, for she came through with flying colors.

  • You have missed only one question, and you go in with flying colors.

    Helen Grant's Schooldays Amanda M. Douglas
  • At college Rex had carried off the honors with flying colors.

    Daisy Brooks

    Laura Jean Libbey
Slang definitions & phrases for flying colors

flying colors

Related Terms

with flying colors

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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