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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Moreover, the hardened (Rockwell 62) steel (Sverker[R] 21) cutting teeth cut the core 5 mm smaller than the tube diameter, allowing the core to slide easily into commercial polyethylene (PE) stockings.
Cutting teeth need not be a uniform height, so resist the temptation to take them all down to match the lowest one.
After you roll out the masking, you just tear it off with the cutting teeth at the top of the dispenser.
The broaching tool is based on a concept unique to the process-- rough, semi-finish and finish cutting teeth combined in one tool or string of tools.
*High-chrome, high-carbon steel interchangeable slant-type cutting teeth.
Historically, milling has been the preferred method for cutting teeth for high quality band saw blades.
The combination of the drilling fluid and the side cutting teeth produce an oversized borehole along with the fact that the drill cuttings are removed via the drill bucket, produces a well that is not smeared with the annulus of the borehole or drilling fluid, with suspended solids that could "cake" or produce lower yielding water wells.
Anything with carbide cutting teeth should be professionally sharpened.
The cutter has three replaceable cutting teeth. For example, external thread whirling in main operations with the pointed-end of the part machined first would require four steps as follows.