cut\ one's\ eye\ teeth\ on

• cut (eye) teeth
• cut one's eye teeth on
v. phr.
1. To have teeth grow out through the gums.

The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth.

2. • informal cut (one's) eye teeth (on)
To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start by learning or doing. - Used with a possessive, usually used with "on".

The professional ball player cut his teeth on a baseball bat in the sandlots.

Mr. Jones's company is building the new Post Office in town but Mr. Jones cut his eye teeth as a carpenter.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • cut one's eye teeth — 1. To cease to be a child 2. To become shrewd • • • Main Entry: ↑tooth …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut\ eye\ teeth — • cut (eye) teeth • cut one s eye teeth on v. phr. 1. To have teeth grow out through the gums. The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth. 2. • informal cut (one s) eye teeth (on) To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut\ eye\ teeth\ on — • cut (eye) teeth • cut one s eye teeth on v. phr. 1. To have teeth grow out through the gums. The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth. 2. • informal cut (one s) eye teeth (on) To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start …   Словарь американских идиом

  • eye teeth — See: CUT ONE S EYE TEETH ON at CUT TEETH(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eye teeth — See: CUT ONE S EYE TEETH ON at CUT TEETH(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eye\ teeth — See: cut one s eye teeth on at cut teeth(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • To cut one's eyeteeth — Eyetooth Eye tooth ([imac] t[=oo]th ), n.; pl. {Eyeteeth} ([imac] t[=e]th ) (Anat.) A canine tooth of the upper jaw. See {Teeth}. [1913 Webster] {To cut one s eyeteeth}, to become acute or knowing. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cut\ teeth — • cut (eye) teeth • cut one s eye teeth on v. phr. 1. To have teeth grow out through the gums. The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth. 2. • informal cut (one s) eye teeth (on) To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut\ teeth\ on — • cut (eye) teeth • cut one s eye teeth on v. phr. 1. To have teeth grow out through the gums. The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth. 2. • informal cut (one s) eye teeth (on) To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut — v. & n. v. (cutting; past and past part. cut) 1 tr. (also absol.) penetrate or wound with a sharp edged instrument (cut his finger; the knife won t cut). 2 tr. & intr. (often foll. by into) divide or be divided with a knife etc. (cut the bread;… …   Useful english dictionary

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