earn one's stripes
Definition of 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.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
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