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with flying colors

adverb phrase

In a bold and assured way; grandly; high* wide* and handsome: She won nicely, in fact with flying colors

[1706+; probably fr the image of a naval vessel with the national flag bravely flying]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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