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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It's all guys that we pretty much cut our teeth with our first season last year and looking forward to racing those same guys for rookie honors this year.
We basically learned from 1996 onward, and this is the project we cut our teeth on," says Wareing.
Savage' was really our baby, the game that we as an independent game developer cut our teeth on," said Jesse Hayes, co-founder and lead designer at S2 Games.
For those of us who have cut our teeth on this side of the business, Ferguson has always been considered the blue-chip agency - the place everyone wants to be," said Mr.
We cut our teeth on a lot of different systems, both here and at other institutions, so we had a good idea of what we would use now and what we would use in the future," said Susan Kryczka, director of the office of distance education.
However, we cut our teeth developing vectorizing compilers for large machines and currently offer optimizing compilers for a number of CPUs with integrated DSP capability.