get one's wings

Definition of get one's wings

chiefly US, informal

  1. 1 :  to officially become a pilot :  to receive the license that allows one to fly an airplane, helicopter, etc.

  2. 2 :  to gain experience in something He got his wings as a volunteer by doing work in a soup kitchen.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

wingplay wings
  1. :  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

  1. :  to fit with wings

    :  to enable to fly or move swiftly

    :  to traverse with or as if with wings


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up get one's wings? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!