flying colors

plural noun

flags or ensigns flown on a ship.

Nearby words

  1. flying boxcar,
  2. flying bridge,
  3. flying buttress,
  4. flying characin,
  5. flying circus,
  6. flying colours,
  7. flying column,
  8. flying doctor,
  9. flying dragon,
  10. flying dustbin


    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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019