cut one's teeth on

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cut one's teeth on

Also, cut one's eyeteeth on. Get one's first experience by doing, or learn early in life, as in I cut my teeth on this kind of layout or He cut his eyeteeth on magazine editing. This term alludes to the literal verb to cut teeth, meaning "to have teeth first emerge through a baby's gums," a usage dating from the late 1600s.
See also: cut, on, teeth
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TELL THAT FAT HEAD WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU DO TO CUT TEETH IN A GEAR.
Millennium, a new technology that uses a high-speed spray of laser-powered water to cut teeth, significantly reduced discomfort for patients used to conventional electric drills.
Martin, of Helensburgh, who also had big hugs for wife Annette, 31, and daughter Rebecca, four, said: "I've missed his first laugh and he's already starting to cut teeth.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market MILLENNIUM(TM), a device based on an entirely new technology that uses a spray of laser-powered water to cut teeth.