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Related to teething: teething problems
Problems encountered during the initial part of a process. Likened to the discomfort experienced by babies when they are getting their first teeth (i.e. when they are "teething"). Our supply line issues are just teething problems. Once we get the process streamlined, we'll be fine.
1. Lit. pain and crying on the part of a baby whose teeth are growing in. Billy has been whining because of teething troubles.
2. Fig. difficulties and problems experienced in the early stages of a project, activity, etc. There have been a lot of teething troubles with the new computer system. We have finally gotten over the teething troubles connected with the new building complex.
COMMON Teething problems or teething troubles are problems in the early stages of something. Some teething troubles aside, the new computer system works well. There are bound to be teething problems in a new marriage.
teething troublesshort-term problems that occur in the early stages of a new project.
The expression originally denoted the discomfort felt by babies when their teeth are growing.
have, etc. ˈteething problems/troublesexperience small problems or difficulties in the development of a product, business, etc., or when something new first becomes available to the public: If your new car is having teething troubles, take it back to the garage where you bought it.
When a baby is teething, its first teeth are starting to grow, which is painful for the baby.