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Idiom Of The Day "earn Your Stripes"

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Idiom Of The Day "earn Your Stripes". by Obasky (m): 2:43am on January 11
Obadara Tope
Olabisi Onabanjo University
Aspirant, Nigeria.
Idiom of the Day

earn your stripes

If you earn your stripes, you do something to prove that you have the skills or ability for a particular job or rank.

❕For example:

He earned his stripes in the department of foreign affairs before becoming one of our ambassadors.

You'll need to earn your stripes as a travelling salesman before we can think about giving you more responsibility.

➽Origin: Probably related to the fact in many organisations, including the armed forces, police forces, fire brigades, the boy scouts, etc., a person's rank is often shown by the number of stripes that are sewn onto the shoulder of their uniform.

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