Definition of with flying colors in US English:

with flying colors

phrase

  • With distinction.

    ‘Sylvia had passed her exams with flying colors’
    • ‘They had some big decisions to make this year, and came through with flying colors.’
    • ‘If that's the biggest criticism a dedicated nit-picker can deliver, then the restaurant has passed with flying colours.’
    • ‘Every single one of you passed your final exam with flying colors.’
    • ‘On the basis that there are few better guides to a restaurant's quality than how it cooks its steaks, the Howgate passed with flying colours.’
    • ‘I'm sure she'll navigate the negative backlash with flying colors.’
    • ‘Is it success to pass a graduation exam with flying colors only to forget the whole thing in 2-3 years' time?’
    • ‘In 1911, at his father's insistence, he sat the diplomatic service exams, passing with flying colours.’
    • ‘He took the exam, came out with flying colours and joined the service in 1991.’
    • ‘Michael told me that he was sure I would pass all my exams with flying colors.’
    • ‘After seven days on flat roads this was a sudden and violent examination of heart as much as stamina and it was a test that Lance Armstrong would pass with flying colours.’