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 last British manager at Stamford Bridge yesterday said: "I cut my teeth at Swindon.
I am certain some wag will say "what does she know about football" - I cut my teeth on a Cardiff City season ticket, my parents were at the cup final when Cardiff won; and were also at the match when Bancroft broke his leg.
HAVING cut my teeth as a reporter in Wrexham, where I first met Martyn Jones (pictured), I can't think of anyone less likely to have a brush with the law.
I cut my teeth on HKS speedloaders as a baby-cop more years ago than I care to actually say out loud.
Portman knew he liked writing and went to work at a local paper, the Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic, where "I cut my teeth writing obits.
I cut my teeth on small theater,'' she said, adding that she looks upon the event as a vehicle to help her step into midsize theater.
I cut my teeth - in terms of speaking English - on Allan Sherman,'' says Krausz, 36.
I cut my teeth on the marathon here and now I am coming back as world record-holder.