flying colors

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fly′ing col′ors
outstanding success; triumph.
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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
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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.
She also congratulated the students including UmaiyaSamo, Omer Abdullah, Muhammad Saad, Muhammad Adil, Sushel Kumar, Mithun Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Talib Hussain and others, who passed the examination with flying colors. She also lauded the services of the teachers of the school.
'So I have this talagang ilalabas ko ang galing ni Kathryn sa pelikulang ito and she did it with flying colors,' she added.
Flying Colors: A Guide to Flags from Around the World is designed to be accessible to young adults, but readers of all ages will enjoy learning about the history of each flag.
He passed with flying colors. Frankie has good vision and healthy eyes.
The administration's function, according to its website, is to determine a drug's safety and efficacy, and every study of Plan B shows that it passes the test with flying colors. However important the Humanist ideal of reproductive freedom is, a vital concern to all of us should also be the physical wellbeing of our youth.
Abacus President and CEO Don Birch said the first six months of 2006 were "a real test for the travel market, and the continuing growth shows we have come through with flying colors." He said the rise in traffic in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia, in addition to the impact of low-cost carriers, highlights the growth picture.
Spilling over the pot rim around it are Flying Colors 'Coral' diascia, whose bright blooms create a spatter-paint effect, and 'Dolce Peach Melba' heuchera, whose wavy-edged leaves have an apricot blush with bright purple undersides.
The true test of good teaching is whether the lessons work, and the ants passed this test with flying colors, too.
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. "This is a great example of how far we've come with a concentration on making crashes more survivable by changing the design of the vehicle," says Bob Lange, executive director, Structure and Safety Integration at GM.
While I really did look at myself in the mirror and question if I was "enough of a father" to survive the five nights (incidently, I did survive, and with flying colors), I also am reminded of last month's events in Washington D.C.