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cut one's teeth

Definition of cut one's teeth

  1. —used to describe the things that people do when they are starting their careers <He cut his teeth performing at local bars and nightclubs.> <She cut her political teeth as a volunteer during the 1992 presidential campaign.> ; often + on <Many television and movie stars cut their teeth on soap operas.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

    :  to hurt the feelings of

    :  to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. :  a product of cutting: as

    :  an opening made with an edged instrument

    :  a wound made by something sharp :  gash

  1. :  marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

teeth
  1. : plural of tooth


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