earn one's stripes

Definition of earn one's stripes

  1. :  to do something which shows that one deserves to be accepted and respected by the other people in a field or profession She has yet to earn her stripes as a reporter.

Word by Word Definitions

earnplay
  1. :  to receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered

    :  to bring in by way of return

    :  to come to be duly worthy of or entitled or suited to

  1. :  grieve

stripeplay stripes
  1. :  a stroke or blow with a rod or lash

  1. :  to make stripes on or variegate with stripes

  1. :  a line or long narrow section differing in color or texture from parts adjoining

    :  a textile design consisting of lines or bands against a plain background

    :  a fabric with a striped design


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