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pass with flying colors

pass with flying colors

Date: Feb 09 2012

Themes: School


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“My therapist told me I passed with flying colors, but we’ll see how things go.”

- Actress Amanda Seyfried, talking about her mental health. (Glamour)

- 女演员阿曼达·塞弗里德 (Amanda Seyfried) 正在谈论她的精神健康状况。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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do extremely well; easily pass or succeed

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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When you take a test, it’s most important to pass, rather than fail. But if you can pass with flying colors, that’s even better.

The expression pass with flying colors used to be a sailing term. When one ship passed another, it would fly its flag, or colors, in order to identify itself. Only a pirate ship wouldn’t pass with flying colors.

These days, pass with flying colors is more often used to talk about the results of an exam. If you get an A+ on a test, you can say you passed with flying colors.

The actress Amanda Seyfried says that her therapist told her she passed with flying colors. She probably didn’t take an actual test, though. She just showed that she is psychologically healthy…or at least not crazy. And that’s a good thing. Nobody wants to get an “F” from their therapist. Not even pirates.

Have you ever passed a test with flying colors? What can you do to make sure you pass with flying colors?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Maggie studied hard for her biology test and passed with flying colors.”

“If I don’t pass my math final with flying colors, I might fail the course.”

“I asked my professor how I was doing in her class, and she said I would pass with flying colors if I kept up the good work.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

anges491 it means to do something with distinction, very well, with a very high grade.
by anges491
Quynh Mai to pass successfully
by Quynh Mai
It means that you pass something with great success.
by candycandice
dearpesar to pass an examination with a very high score or to complete a difficult activity very successfully
by dearpesar

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Everybody passed an exam or subject with flyind colors and like a pirates too in our life haha.

03:48 AM Feb 09 2012 |



I always passed my bilogy exams with flying colors. At highschool, at college..

But at Chemistry, I was like pirates :)

03:30 AM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious


When i was a student, i usually passed with flying colors all subjects… When i finished my career, it disappointed me that this would never makes you succeed in life…

Hard work, experience and a little bit of lucky does…

Just look at the crock in my picture profile, just who persits, win

01:16 AM Feb 08 2012 |

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