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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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.
But the Sky Blues boss, who was cutting his teeth as a young coach and manager at the time, has no hard feelings towards one of football's great characters, who is now in charge at Plymouth Argyle.
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.
Long, long before he played the miser, the stage and screen veteran was cutting his teeth as Al Jolson's Sonny Boy in ``The Singing Fool'' (1928).