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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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When the baby was brought I tried to amuse him with that; but poor little Arthur was cutting his teeth, and his father could not bear his complaints: sentence of immediate banishment was passed upon him on the first indication of fretfulness; and because, in the course of the evening, I went to share his exile for a little while, I was reproached, on my return, for preferring my child to my husband.
DJ James Hype will be cutting his teeth on the Zero Gravity decks for the first time, despite a stellar global career.
The squad has some notable inclusions such as Harold Anduvate, Monate Akuei, Jeff Mutuku, Toby Francombe and Lawrence Ishuga, who is also cutting his teeth in the officiating circles.
Cutting his teeth as a commentator for the channel he was sent off to Colchester versus Shef-field United.
The sometimes scratchy tracks date back to 1962 and find the young songwriter developing his craft, cutting his teeth on rootsy material informed by Woody Guthrie.
FORMER Rangers striker Shota Arveladze is cutting his teeth under a Dutch master as he gears up for becoming a gaffer.
O'Dwyer has quit after four years at the helm and after cutting his teeth with Carlow and Wexford at inter-county level, Roe has convinced O'Moore County board chiefs he is the man for the job.
After cutting his teeth in the e-commerce software industry, Jason Rich, founder of Rich Media Technologies, became a proud father, and mealtime at the Rich house soon got a bit messier.
After cutting his teeth on an earlier book, Opera 101, here he traverses a thousand years of the rest of classical music.
Evans, 32, has come a long way since first cutting his teeth on technology in junior high school, where he learned to program software.
And young Clough, cutting his teeth at Burton Albion, is their shock choice to become new manager with John Duncan moving upstairs.
"It's a difficult situation for him because he is just cutting his teeth with Ayr and the chairman has given him great backing and plenty of money to spend.