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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References in classic literature ?
will live to see his grandchildren cut their teeth on his mug.
Lots of the country's top performers cut their teeth bringing William Shakespeare's works to life.
The Beatles had previously cut their teeth at the Coventry Matrix Hall and Nuneaton's Co-op Hall the year before, starting a special relationship with the city.
ASHES legend Bob Massie has urged rookies to cut their teeth in the Scottish game - because it's the perfect platform for Test stardom.
It's a good paper, it's a popular paper and dozens of journalists across Northern Ireland cut their teeth at the Democrat.
But for fans who cut their teeth on Sharp, Sheedy and Psycho Pat it is the link with Le Coq Sportif which will have even greater nostalgic resonance.
3) Fathers, Families, and the State in France, 1914-1945 adopts a disposition of cultural analysis not easily dismissed by social historians who cut their teeth on statistical distributions or thick description.
Budding politicians in Northumberland are to get an opportunity to cut their teeth, Big Brother-style, after nominations for the county's first ever Young Leader were launched.
The special teams aren't just going to be a place for the freshmen to cut their teeth.
Many actors known mainly through their work in television, first cut their teeth on Live's stages and enjoy an ongoing creative relationship with the company.
They've also had to adjust to the hills and valleys of freelance life after the Broadway roles (and regular paychecks) they cut their teeth on.
Many of today's trainers, racing managers and the sports ruling officials cut their teeth at the 'Ryes' and 'Henlows' of greyhound racing and without these smaller tracks the greyhound industry would be a lot poorer.
The committee's latest incarnation includes both old school Soviet hawks--think Podhoretz, Eliot Cohen, and Jeane Kirkpatrick--and younger activists and scholars who cut their teeth during the Iraq debates of the 1990s, including Danielle Pletka, head of the American Enterprise Institute's defense studies program, and Laurie Mylroie, the AEI fellow and foreign-policy pundit who's spent years arguing that Saddam Hussein was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
SOME of our top political talents cut their teeth as members of Edinburgh University's Labour Club.
Kids who cut their teeth on BellyWashers and Cool Topz are set up to ruin those teeth on a lifetime of soft drinks and other sweets.