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trial by fire

A test of one's abilities to perform well under pressure, as in Finishing this buge list of chores in time for the wedding is really a trial by fire. This expression alludes to the medieval practice of determining a person's guilt by having them undergo an ordeal, such as walking barefoot through a fire.
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trial by fire

A test of one's abilities, especially the ability to perform well under pressure.
See also: by, fire, trial
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I have been president of our chapter for two years, and it has been a frustrating ordeal at times because when I became president I had just become a member of SPJ as well - trial by fire maybe?
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