in a bold and assured way, in a spectacular or grand way
I passed the test with flying colors.
by Light Joker June 18, 2007
Triumphant; vitorious. Derives from the practice of a ship striking her colors to surrender in battle. Thus, the ship that comes through "with flying colors" is the winner.
Again Nelson came through with flying colors, vanquishing the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile.
by Second Head July 18, 2008