cut (one's) eyeteeth on (something)

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cut (one's) eyeteeth on (something)

To have gained a lot of experience with something when one was younger. One's "eyeteeth" are the canines. Oh, I cut my eyeteeth on those kinds of equations! Give me a challenging problem for a change! Jen may be young, but she cut her eyeteeth on assignments at a prestigious journal, so her perspective and expertise will be invaluable to us.
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cut one's eyeteeth on something

Fig. to grow up experiencing something; to have had the experience of dealing with something [successfully] at a very early age. My grandfather taught me how to fish, so I cut my eyeteeth on fishing. Fred cut his eyeteeth on writing; both his parents were authors.
See also: cut, eyetooth, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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