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make one's bones

To establish one's bona fides; to establish status and respect.
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Politicians—good ones, at least—make their bones by knowing which way the wind is blowing.

Submitted on January 20, 2019

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make one's bonesTo commit a murder in order to be respected in a criminal gang.
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