win/earn one's spurs


: to do something which shows that one deserves to be respected or noticed
He earned/won his spurs by doubling the company's profits in the past year.

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win/earn one's spurs

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“Win/earn one's spurs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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