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 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 teeth — {v. phr.} 1. To have teeth grow out through the gums. * /The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth./ 2. or[cut eye teeth] {informal} To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start by learning or doing. Used with a possessive …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut teeth — {v. phr.} 1. To have teeth grow out through the gums. * /The baby was cross because he was cutting teeth./ 2. or[cut eye teeth] {informal} To learn something very early in life; gain experience; start by learning or doing. Used with a possessive …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut teeth — To have teeth grow through the gums, as an infant • • • Main Entry: ↑cut …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 in — cut (your) teeth in (something) to get your first experience doing a particular kind of work or using a particular skill. He cut his teeth in politics as a campaign manager for a small town mayor. They had just graduated from law school and were… …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut teeth — cut (your) teeth British, American & Australian, American to get your first experience of a particular type of work and learn the basic skills. She cut her teeth on a local newspaper before landing a job on a national daily. (often + on) …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut teeth in something — cut (your) teeth in (something) to get your first experience doing a particular kind of work or using a particular skill. He cut his teeth in politics as a campaign manager for a small town mayor. They had just graduated from law school and were… …   New idioms dictionary

  • To cut teeth — Cut Cut (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cut — (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach short,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cut — [c]/kʌt / (say kut) verb (cut, cutting) –verb (t) 1. to penetrate, with or as with a sharp edged instrument: he cut his finger. 2. to strike sharply, as with a whip. 3. to wound severely the feelings of. 4. to divide, with or as with a sharp… …   Australian English dictionary

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