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MOTIVATION

너무 훌륭해서, 주어진 테스트를 너무 쉽게 통과한 사람을 본 적이 있나?

  • 면접에서 실력/인상/말빨로 면접관들을 완전히 매료시켜버린 친구
  • 가수오디션에서 심사위원 전원을 기립박수하게 만든 노래 천재
  • 웬만해서는 얼굴에 감동 안받는 나를 감동시킨 미모
“너무나도 훌륭하게” 테스트를 통과하는 것을 영어로 어떻게 묘사할 수 있을까? “Rachel, you passed my “cute test” with flying colors when I first met you”

DEFINITION

  1. easily and excellently.

COMMENT

example-image flying colors 1. 위키페디아 페이지가 있을 정도로 클래식한 표현이다. 간단히 요약하자면, 옛날에는 전쟁을 마치고 배가 항구로 복귀할 때, 승리했는지 패배했는지를 깃발로 알렸다고 한다. color는 색깔 이외에도 배의 깃발을 의미하는데, 배의 깃발이 올려서 펄럭이고 있으면 (flying colors) 승리했다는 의미이고, 깃발이 안 걸려져있으면 전쟁에서 패배했다는 의미다. 깃발이 펄럭이는 모습이 의기양양함을 상징하는데, 그래서 뭔가 훌륭하게 해낸 것을 with flying colors라고 표현하는 것이다. 2. 거의 매번 pass와 같이 쓰인다. - pass something(test/exams) with flying colors.

FROM MOVIES

  • Mr. Beck, I understand you passed your physical with flying colors. (Leviathan)
  • I asked the same of your husband and he succeeded with flying colors. (Traffic)
  • He tested you and you passed with flying colors, man! Ass-kicking, skull-crushing, mixed martial arts madness! You’re gonna bring it on! (Never Back Down)
  • Well, you’ve passed the vetting process with flying colors. (House of cards)
  • I just come back from my stress test,passed with flying colors. (Rescue Me)
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FROM NEWS

  • She took the written test and driving test and passed with flying colors (NYT)
  • “Citigroup came through with flying colors,” Gerard Cassidy, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said in an interview. (Bloomberg)
  • He gives as an example a fictitious “trusted traveler” who has passed the background check with flying colors (NYT)
image_img 어이없는 말장난을 좋아하시는 분들을 위한..^^

FROM TWITTER

  • I failed the first time I took my graduate qualifying exam. Passed with flying colors the second time
  • Give me any subject besides math and I’ll pass it with flying colors, I just can never fully understand math
  • Google’s logo comes with flying colors: a symbol of success

VIDEO

  • Well, you’ve passed the vetting process with flying colors.
  • And this seatbelt would have passed with flying colors

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/

PHRASE HISTORY

1800년대부터 쓰이기 시작한, 오래된 표현인 것을 확인할 수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram

TYPICAL MISTAKES

  1. 깃발이 여러개임을 기억하자.
  2. He passed the test with flying color (X)
  3. He passed the test with flying colorS (O)