"Pass with flying colours" where does this expression come from, & what does it mean?



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This is an idiom - FLYING COLORS, WITH - " 'We came off with flying colours.' George Farquar, 'The Beaux's Stratagem (1706). Victorious; extremely successful. The term comes from the practice of a victorious fleet sailing into port with flags flying from all the mastheads. By 1700 or so it was being used figuratively, signifying any kind of triumph." From "Fighting Words: From War, Rebellion, and other Combative Capers" by Christine Ammer (NTC Publishing Group, Chicago, Ill., 1989, 1999).
The term comes from the practice of a victorious fleet sailing into port with flags flying from all the mastheads. By 1700 or so it was being used figuratively, signifying any kind of triumph." From "Fighting Words: From War, Rebellion, and other Combative Capers" by Christine Ammer (NTC Publishing Group, Chicago, Ill., 1989, 1999).
I'm not really certain where the expression came from but I know it means that a task has been done with great success. Perhaps from Europe when a castle was attacked the colours(flag)of the victor were flown from the ramparts of the fortress to warn onlookers that the castle was under siege and only warriors under those colors could pass beyond the castle walls.

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