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: to do something which shows that one deserves to be accepted and respected by the other people in a field or profession

Gain a position through hard work and accumulated experience. For example, She'd earned her stripes by serving for years as the governor's secretary and personal aide. This expression alludes to a military promotion or award, indicated by strips of chevron or braid added to the recipient's uniform and known as stripes since the early 1800s.

 

This idiom comes from the military practice of awarding someone who has served with insignias that often resemble stripes. These can also sometimes look like stars or other symbols. Generally speaking, the more stripes (or similar markings) someone has, the higher his or her rank.

 

  1. earn (one's) stripes. To prove that one is deserving of a particular position or designation. ...
  2. earn one's stripes. Gain a position through hard work and accumulated experience. ...
  3. earn your stripes. If you earn your stripes, you gain enough experience to deserve a particular job or position.