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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JESSIE WARE She cut her teeth working with electronic/dubstep gurus SBTRKT, but Jessie's solo album showed her soulful electronica style.
Former Edwards spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, who cut her teeth as Clintons deputy White House press secretary, now serves as Kerry's media director in the battleground state of Ohio.
But it's hard to imagine the genesis of such a vast undertaking without Lerman's commitment to dance as community art, a notion rooted in ideals she had cut her teeth on.
A Los Angeles native who cut her teeth on blues and classic rock from the Rolling Stones, Sandoval first found her footing in the neo-psychedelic so-called Paisley Underground music scene of the 1980s.
And she insisted on having the wedding bash at her old ``office'' - the Town Hall where she cut her teeth as a politician.
She cut her teeth with the famed Second City Improv Troupe in her native Chicago, hit it big with her national show The Real Live Brady Bunch, and shunned Hollywood for a girl and a shot at the Boston folk scene.
Menendez, who cut her teeth in the indie TV distrib world and is a Latin American specialist, will have her work cut out for her.
Specialist wildlife photographer Charles is several years younger than Philippa, who cut her teeth in children's TV before shows like Robot Wars.
There is the young Penelope Curtis of the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, who specializes in twentieth-century sculpture and cut her teeth working for the Liverpool Tate Gallery; the American-born Marina Vaizey, writer and onetime art critic of the Sunday Times; Jack Wendler, another American-born British resident, a veteran collector and publisher of Art Monthly and the panel representative of the Patrons of New Art; Lars Nittve, the highly regarded director of the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen, this year's panelist from abroad; and Nicholas Serota, who as director of the Tate is chairman of the jury.
An entertainment attorney for 16 years, Cassidy cut her teeth in artist management with Abe Hoch, renowned Led Zeppelin manager and managing director of their label "Swan Songs" in the UK.
The company, which has been struggling as cash-strapped shoppers rein in spending, has hired a team of trendy TV presenters, including Claire Stuart - who cut her teeth on The fashion Police - and CBBC's Sy Thomas.
In her Texas post, Bradley, who cut her teeth on cross-cultural presenting and interdisciplinary arts administration at the National Endowment for the Arts, showcased small companies and dancers little known outside the modern dance world.
Kassel cut her teeth as an executive at Malibu's JAKKS Pacific, so it's no surprise that her firm has a promising toy on the shelves.
Good cut her teeth in business and communications as a reporter with the Orange County Register, covering such headline-grabbing stories as the Orange County bankruptcy.
Writer Carmel Morgan, who cut her teeth on Brookside, Corrie, The Royle Family and Shameless has penned her first play.