earn one's stripes


: 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.

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“Earn one's stripes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earn%20one%27s%20stripes. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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