win/earn one's spurs
Definition of 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.
Word by Word Definitions
: to get possession of by effort or fortune
: to obtain by work : earn
: to gain in or as if in battle or contest
: first place at the finish (as of a horse race)
: 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up win/earn one's spurs? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).