win/earn one's spurs

Definition of win/earn one's spurs

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get possession of by effort or fortune

    :  to obtain by work :  earn

    :  to gain in or as if in battle or contest

  1. :  victory

    :  first place at the finish (as of a horse race)

  1. :  to receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered

    :  to bring in by way of return

    :  to come to be duly worthy of or entitled or suited to

  1. :  grieve

spurplay spurs
  1. :  a pointed device secured to a rider's heel and used to urge on the horse

    :  recognition and reward for achievement

    :  a goad to action :  stimulus

  1. :  to urge (a horse) on with spurs

    :  to incite to action or accelerated growth or development :  stimulate

    :  to put spurs on

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