get one's wings

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

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

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

wing play wings
  1. : one of the movable feathered or membranous paired appendages by means of which a bird, bat, or insect is able to fly

  2. : any of various anatomical structures (as of a flying fish or flying lemur) providing means of limited flight

  3. : an appendage or part resembling a wing in appearance, position, or function: such as

  1. : to fit with wings

  2. : to enable to fly or move swiftly

  3. : to traverse with or as if with wings


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