a baptism by fire

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a baptism by/of fire

a very difficult first experience of something I was given a million-dollar project to manage in my first month. It was a real baptism by fire.
See also: baptism, fire
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Olympic finalist Lawrence Okoye admits he faces a baptism of fire after signing for the San Francisco 49ers despite having never played a single game of American football.
That was a baptism of fire," said Simon Callow of his experience and Rolf Harris announced: "I'm going to lie down.
It's very hot, it's dry, there's sand, so it's a baptism of fire, but we have to start somewhere so let's hope that we finish," Fernandes said.
It will be a baptism of fire for some of the younger players but you need that sometimes.
He's only young, he's come in and had a baptism of fire but he handled it well at Liverpool and against Arsenal.
Around dawn, having closed his eyes for half an hour--his only rest in 24 hours--the former vice president, now the country's leader, faced a baptism of fire.
Scott Carson survived a baptism of fire in saving as many shots in one match as usually he would have to face in 10.
But the new boys could be handed a baptism of fire after the MCC announced a side brimming with class and experience.
But Brown, who has toured the county circuit with Warwickshire for over a decade, reckons the Scots could be in for a baptism of fire.
Hayes, groomed over the last two years for the tight-head role, knows he faces a baptism of fire against Scotland's British Lions pocket battleship Tom Smith, but will draw comfort from the company of his Munster team-mates.
Photo: UCLA freshman Baron Davis, right, guarding North Carolina's Ed Cota, received a baptism of fire.
Fast-moving Bristol City gave relegated Grimsby a baptism of fire.
And the 23-year-old got a baptism of fire as he came up against Trevor Sinclair and Les Ferdinand.
A NEW-BORN baby was given a baptism of fire when he made his way into the world - on the forecourt of Cardiff Central Fire Station.