A Feather in Your Cap (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "A Feather in Your Cap"?

To have a feather in your cap means to be recognized for doing something well. This term stems from when knights of old were recognized for bravery on the battlefield by being awarded plumes for their helmets. American Indians were also awarded feathers for their headdress for slaying their enemies.

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