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flying colours

plural noun
conspicuous success; triumph: he passed his test with flying colours
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  • So he went up for his preliminary examination and passed into the old Training Ship Britannia with flying colours.

    Admiral Jellicoe Arthur Applin
  • They had had their first brush and had come out with flying colours.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • Well, he was the original culprit; he must see her through the game with flying colours.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • It must be said of him however that he came to the scratch with flying colours.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • But it was over, and he had come out with flying colours, thanks to Percival Field's genius.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
  • In this I was not mistaken, and I closed my season with flying colours.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I James H. Mapleson
  • I, for one, felt satisfied that we might have made a dashing thing of it, and entered the camp with flying colours.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • In the event of having no sport the failure could be easily accounted for, and I should come off with flying colours.

  • And yet he fails when many a man possessing not one quarter of his military qualifications carries on with flying colours.

  • I don't know about Saunders—he's a fishy sort of customer—but I shall come out of all this with flying colours.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham

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