feather in one's cap, a

An act or deed to one's credit; a distinctive achievement. For example, Getting all three factions to the bargaining table would be a feather in his cap. This expression alludes to the practice of putting a feather on a soldier's cap for every enemy he kills, an early practice of some Native American tribes and many other peoples. [Early 1600s]

Nearby words

  1. feather banding,
  2. feather bed,
  3. feather duster,
  4. feather geranium,
  5. feather grass,
  6. feather in one's cap, a,
  7. feather key,
  8. feather merchant,
  9. feather one's nest,
  10. feather one's own nest

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