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fully fledged

(of a young bird) having acquired its adult feathers and thus able to fly
developed or matured to the fullest degree
of full rank or status
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • Girls like me have beak and talons like fully-fledged falcons.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
  • In that age, therefore, we must not expect to find any fully-fledged Socialism.

    Mediaeval Socialism

    Bede Jarrett
  • If you were fully-fledged scouts of record, you surely would be awarded a badge.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • He had graduated with honors, and taken a prize essay, and was now a fully-fledged modern young man.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • On his left breast he wore the double brevet of a fully-fledged pilot.

  • At the end of three months, the probationer, if he has qualified, finds himself a fully-fledged "detective-patrol."

    Scotland Yard George Dilnot
  • Frederic has just completed his pirate apprenticeship and is being hailed as a fully-fledged member of the gang.

    The Secrets of a Savoyard Henry A. Lytton

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