Mark has so many applications relevant to criteria that none can be definitively cited as the sole origin.
It is quite possible that this mark is the same as that of toe the mark, and as such is also the equivalent of scratch in up to the chalk To pass the test, to meet the requirements.
Thus the expression is similar in origin and current meaning to toe the mark.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.This expression, dating from the 14th century, originally meant to attain the rank of knight, since a newly dubbed knight was presented with a pair of gilt spurs as a symbol of his chivalry.In order to become a knight, one first had to distinguish one-self by performing acts of bravery, usually on the battlefield. Literally the phrase refers to the sobriety test formerly given seamen: walking between parallel lines chalked on deck.The expression is little used one’s spurs To achieve recognition for one’s accomplishments, to distinguish one-self in one’s field, to prove one’s worth or ability.
Guy, you never know when you might run into that keeper - you know, the girl that you can’t live without, also known as Ms. Product shipped in plain paper and no one gets your name - ever.