separate the men from the boys


: to show which people are really strong, brave, etc., and which are not
Now that the competition gets tough it will separate the men from the boys.

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Recent Examples on the Web But in the end, headlights separate the men from the boys. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2021

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“Separate the men from the boys.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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