trial by fire


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trial by fire

A situation in which one is placed under extreme pressure or stress and expected as a means of testing one's ability to learn or perform. I was thrown right in the middle of a huge project as soon as I was hired, so it was a bit of a trial by fire. The master's program is something of a trial by fire compared to the relatively lax structure of my bachelor's degree.
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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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Again, it was trial by fire, but this time he was confined within the murky walls of a bleak period set not as an intruder or an observer, but as a painter of light.
"I got a real trial by fire there, and then they hired me for the next show," Collins says, and then the next - since late 1993, he has co-designed nearly all of the company's productions.
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Their frustration of no time to practice their arts as they care for babies and husband (the experience Adrienne Rich called "the trial by fire") makes them grapple for a toehold: "Certain women survive / Their erotic petals and pollen, grasp dirt, bite stone / Muttering I can't go on, I'll go on." Even more disheartening is their realization that their place as women in the Jewish orthodoxy cannot be accepted, although they are among the faithful.
news executives, was the trial by fire of Bill Clinton's young presidency.
After this trial by fire, the owners of the Spirit of Oregon dinner train are setting up headquarters in Roy, a farming community a few miles north of Forest Grove in rural Washington County.
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Despite every trial by fire that we put him through...
Though the Americans were pushed back, and Philadelphia eventually fell to the British, the Americans' ferocity and valor kept their forces from being decimated, and their trial by fire proved that the fledgling nation could fight on even terms with a long-established empire.
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