flying colors

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fly′ing col′ors
outstanding success; triumph.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flying colors - complete success; "they passed inspection with flying colors"
success - an attainment that is successful; "his success in the marathon was unexpected"; "his new play was a great success"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
She came off with no flying colors,--that would have been impossible in consideration of her inadequate training; but she did wonderfully well in some of the required subjects, and so brilliantly in others that the average was respectable.
The true test of good teaching is whether the lessons work, and the ants passed this test with flying colors, too.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - A second rain-related landslide near Pyramid Lake, the site of a 126,000-gallon oil spill in March, tested the strength of a replacement pipeline and it passed with flying colors.
An excellent dessert cookbook filled with recipes that survive the test of time with flying colors.
Fitted with side curtain and seat-mounted airbags, it passed with flying colors.
The rest of the book describes how Da, supported by his family, turned his life around by studying diligently and passing the college entrance exam with flying colors.
Levy scouted recruits at AOL, Prodigy and CompuServe before eventually discovering a "happy-go-lucky-type guy" from Apple, who withstood a four-hour grilling by venture capitalists with flying colors.
The young New York money manager passes with flying colors, but of course the credit report is color blind.
Harris and his sharply observed film come through with flying colors, though, never resorting to tidy summations in an absorbing look at the contradictory behavior inherent in the human condition.