Definition of earn one's stripes in English:

earn one's stripes

phrase

  • 1Gain a higher rank in the military.

    • ‘Each man was dedicated to the mission, each had earned his stripes.’
    • ‘The former Graeme College pupil underwent 30 weeks of hard training to earn his stripes.’
    • ‘He hates egghead officers like Lieutenant Tommy Hart who haven't earned their stripes at the front.’
    1. 1.1Deserve a position, status or reputation through work or achievements.
      ‘she's earning her stripes by showing how hard she's willing to work’
      • ‘The mighty Queen Mary 2, named by the Queen on January 8, 2004, is still earning its stripes.’
      • ‘He will be joined by his brother Henry; a gifted singer/songwriter who earned his stripes in the blues clubs of Chicago.’
      • ‘According to NSW Agriculture director general, Dr Kevin Sheridan, he has certainly earned his stripes.’
      • ‘The lawyer defending a Disney World entertainer from charges of molestation earned his stripes yesterday.’
      • ‘Our technology affiliate has highly trained specialists who have earned their stripes.’
      • ‘Even today, many top chefs have earned their stripes working in stately homes.’
      • ‘A life coach who's earned his stripes, he is building his business with another adventure already in mind.’
      • ‘They certainly earned their stripes against the Tigers.’
      • ‘The other alternative is him being loaned out to another team to earn his stripes.’
      • ‘Periods of severe duress are, perhaps, when the media earns its stripes.’