Win one's spurs

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Win one's spurs to earn one's knighthood by valour on the field, hence to gain recognition or reputation by merit of any kind
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. winnan, to suffer, to struggle; Ice. vinna, to accomplish, Ger. gewinnen, to win.

Usage

In literature:

She had to win her spurs through revolutions, like those of Cromwell's and that of 1688, and the still greater ones of Parliament.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
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In news:

The Spurs have been one of the NBA's most schizo teams this season, winning all of their home games and losing all of their road games.
In fact, Ginobili didn't even bother trying one on since breaking his nose on Dirk Nowitzki's elbow in the Spurs' 94-90 win in Game 3 on Friday.
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