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flying colours

plural noun
conspicuous success; triumph: he passed his test with flying colours
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  • As it was, we beat out with flying colours, and anchored a few miles from the light.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • With flying colours we sailed out of the Straits, laughing at our enemy.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • You must take that one too, sir, and then you can go into port with flying colours.

    The Black Bar George Manville Fenn
  • To the surprise of almost the whole Form she came off with flying colours.

  • Mr, Jarvis had emerged from his adventure with the police with flying colours.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • They had had their first brush and had come out with flying colours.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • I suppose I was five times interrogated, and came off from each with flying colours.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It must be said of him however that he came to the scratch with flying colours.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • In this I was not mistaken, and I closed my season with flying colours.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I James H. Mapleson
  • In the event of having no sport the failure could be easily accounted for, and I should come off with flying colours.

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