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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I LIKE Jaap Stam and David Wagner, and it's nice to see some younger, fresher names cutting their teeth as managers.
The Weavers have been going strong since 1975 cutting their teeth in local folk clubs and in that time have never wavered from their original motto of "Keep Folk Smiling".
Since cutting their teeth in folk clubs in their native north west, the group have enjoyed non-stop success and have a large fan club with members worldwide.
This season three artistic directors are cutting their teeth on Swan Lake for the first time.
General readers who do not happen to be military buffs will be drawn into this book, and YAs interested in history will enjoy cutting their teeth on this fare.
Jan Rosenthal had put the Bundesliga side in front before Wigan - cutting their teeth under new boss Roberto Martinez's more passing style - got back in the game.
Owners Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj were born in Kent and after cutting their teeth on a Midlands soft drinks company they bought Cains from its previous Danish owner in 2002.
The sheriff said: "This was a breach of trust between a senior officer those cutting their teeth."