cut (one's) teeth

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cut (one's) teeth

To gain experience with something, especially at a young age (when one's teeth would be coming in). Oh, I cut my teeth on those kinds of equations! Give me a challenging problem for a change! Jen may be young, but she cut her teeth at a prestigious journal, so her perspective and expertise will be invaluable to us.
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cut teeth

[for a baby or young person] to have new teeth emerging through the gums. Billy is cranky because he's cutting teeth. Ann cut her first tooth this week.
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cut your teeth

COMMON If you cut your teeth doing something, you get your first experience of it and learn how to do it. He plans to cut his teeth on demanding theatre parts before making the break for TV and film. He cut his teeth in the sixties as director of Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. Note: This expression can be varied by adding an adjective before teeth to show what sort of experience was gained. He had cut his editorial teeth on the London Evening Standard. Note: When a child cuts a tooth, the tooth begins to appear through the gum.
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cut your teeth

acquire initial practice or experience of a particular sphere of activity or with a particular organization.
The form cut your eye teeth is also found. The image is that of the emergence of a baby's teeth from its gums.
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The comedian, who cut his teeth as an up and coming talent, made his break when he appeared on the Churchill Show.
The Leicester second row cut his teeth playing for Eastern Suburbs in Sydney, before joining the Tigers three years ago.
He cut his teeth producing the original staging of Chicago in 1975 (in 2003, he took home an Oscar for producing the film version).
Edward I cut his teeth here, they use their Lewes pound to keep their economy going; Bristol is the latest city in England to do the same.
New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey cut his teeth making Budweiser for the old Anheuser-Busch, so he knows how light lager is done.
It's not easy to show off," says Vogel, who cut his teeth in the outdoor industry.
For starters, this was the last hurrah for East Stirlingshire's ground after 137 years of service - and a farewell to a setting in which Alex Ferguson had cut his teeth as a manager.
A DJ who cut his teeth at legendary Coventry rave venue Eclipse before remixing tracks for a host of famous performers is back in town with his new band.
This time round we get werewolves and an upper-class vampire elite called the Volturi headed by Aro (Michael Sheen, who cut his teeth in vampire roles in the Underworld films).
It was at the Broncos where he cut his teeth as a coach, working as the assistant to the legendary Wayne Bennett - and that speaks for itself
CANADIAN blues guitar magician Matt Andersen cut his teeth in acclaimed band Flat Top before going solo, and this semi-plugged set ranges from the joyous electric boogie of Just Don't Call Me Your Friend to a funky cover of Ain't No Sunshine.
Muirhead cut his teeth in the football rights business, and will be responsible for taking the '8 from 10' perm back into the hearts and minds of a nation of lottery casualties.
There Steinsson lived for three years as he cut his teeth with the 18-time Icelandic champions before moving into a flat and then earning a move to Swiss side Young Boys in 2004.
Originally from Chorley Mr Harborow cut his teeth in local government at Chorley Council and Wigan Council.
It is important to be gracious, and not to point out that some Scottish teams don't let AC Milan score until extra time, or that Milan's engine Rino Gattuso cut his teeth in Glasgow.