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flying colors

plural noun
1.
overwhelming victory; triumph; success:
He passed the test with flying colors.
Origin of flying colors
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • Well, let them: no one could say that she had not gone out with flying colors.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
  • Mr. Gallatin closed his four years of administration with flying colors.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • At the end of the year, not only did all of them pass, but with flying colors.

    The Vilbar Party Evelyn E. Smith
  • He had fought a duel and had come out of it with flying colors.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • "You will come out of it with flying colors, my lad," I answered, clapping him on the shoulder.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • John admitted that he could carry off the affair with flying colors.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
Slang definitions & phrases for flying colors

flying colors

Related Terms

with flying colors

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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