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a feather in someone's cap

Definition of a feather in someone's cap

  1. :  an achievement or honor that someone can be proud of <The promotion was a feather in his cap.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  any of the light horny epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds and that consist of a shaft bearing on each side a series of barbs which bear barbules which in turn bear barbicels commonly ending in hooked hamuli and interlocking with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous vane

    :  plume

    :  the vane of an arrow

  1. :  to furnish (as an arrow) with a feather

    :  to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers

    :  to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a head covering especially with a visor and no brim

    :  a distinctive head covering emblematic of a position or office: as

    :  a cardinal's biretta

  1. :  to provide or protect with a cap

    :  to give a cap to as a symbol of honor, rank, or achievement

    :  to form a cap over :  crown

  1. :  a small amount of an illegal or legally regulated drug

    :  a small amount of a drug enclosed in a capsule

  1. :  capitalization

  1. : capacity

    : capital

    : capitalize; capitalized

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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