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With flying colours

A plane drops water to put out a fire

A plane drops water to put out a huge fire. Photo: Nick Ut/ AP Photo

Today's Phrase

If you do something - especially a test or exam - with flying colours, you do it easily and with great success.


She passed her exams with flying colours!

With all that practice, John will pass his driving test with flying colours.

Take note

If something gets off to a flying start, it means it starts very well or very successfully.


Our trip got off to a flying start: the roads were empty, and we got to our destination early.

Interesting fact

The origin of the phrase 'with flying colours' relates to ships' flags. A long time ago, ships coming into port flew coloured flags, to show people how successful their voyage had been.

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