- a number or combination of such strips, worn on a military, naval, or other uniform as a badge of rank, service, good conduct, combat wounds, etc.
- Informal. status or recognition as a result of one's efforts, experience, or achievements: She earned her stripes as a traveling sales representative and then moved up to district manager.
verb (used with object), striped, strip·ing.
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Those that earned their stripes by going to prison and taking the case are the ones that are admired.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now I'd earned my stripes and I was just like them, and I realized it wasn't what I wanted at all.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually.
The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.
I hang out with artsy theater people, with angry political activists, and with nerds of all stripes.It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?|Arthur Chu|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Three hundred and seventeen stripes were inflicted; but the sufferer never winced.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Why kiss the rod of iron which inflicts the stripes without a cause?
The red letters of "Votes for Women" ran around her diagonally like the stripes of a barber-pole.Affinities and Other Stories|Mary Roberts Rinehard
Stripes of similar drawing appeared in Persian carpets as early as 1350 a. d.Oriental Rugs|Walter A. Hawley
Short skirts are more becoming than long ones, just as stripes are more becoming than checks.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2|Lillian Eichler Watson