get one's wings
Definition of get one's wings
chiefly US, informal
1 : to officially become a pilot : to receive the license that allows one to fly an airplane, helicopter, etc.
2 : to gain experience in something He got his wings as a volunteer by doing work in a soup kitchen.
Word by Word Definitions
: to gain possession of
: to receive as a return : earn
: to obtain by concession or entreaty
: something begotten:
: the entire progeny of a male animal
: a document of release from obligation in Jewish law
: a bill of divorce
: a religious divorce by Jewish law
: one of the movable feathered or membranous paired appendages by means of which a bird, bat, or insect is able to fly
: such an appendage even though rudimentary if possessed by an animal belonging to a group characterized by the power of flight
: any of various anatomical structures (as of a flying fish or flying lemur) providing means of limited flight
: to fit with wings
: to enable to fly or move swiftly
: to traverse with or as if with wings
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