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

Idioms

    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

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