Definition of baptism of fire in English:

baptism of fire


  • A difficult introduction to a new job or activity.

    ‘the summer tour to Australia was truly a baptism of fire’
    • ‘With the Fianna Fáil organisation in Kerry North riddled with dissent, young McEllistrim's introduction to national politics is something of a baptism of fire.’
    • ‘Allardyce tells it like it is and neither Okocha nor Bernard Mendy can contradict the manager after their baptisms of fire at Loftus Road.’
    • ‘Waterford ladies face a baptism of fire when they take on champions Harlequins in the opening round of the AIB Bank sponsored Munster Ladies Hockey Division One League on Saturday.’
    • ‘Latham's first big test, his baptism of fire, has shown a man who fights best with his back to the wall.’
    • ‘These days, Phuc enjoys talking to the journalists who once tormented her, because they are part of her professional life; but the relationship is tinged with the indelible memory of her baptism of fire.’
    • ‘The Happy Scrubbers got a real baptism of fire at the opening of the Golf season at Doors Golf Club on Saturday, with absolutely horrendous climatic conditions prevailing.’
    • ‘Very few teams recover from being 3-1 down inside English football's most imposing atmosphere, but Ranieri's did on his so-called baptism of fire.’
    • ‘And in a baptism of fire, she took to the catwalk at the Gharani Strok show during London Fashion Week, alongside Naomi Campbell, and other top models including Olivia Inge and Jamie Gunns.’
    • ‘I think it was a baptism of fire in terms of an introduction to fun on two wheels; I really don't think I'll ever experience weather as bad as that again.’
    • ‘Many amateurs jumping to the ‘big show’ encounter extreme difficulties during their baptism of fire.’
    • ‘Professional cycling is a tough business that demands extremely high levels of fitness and resolve and the Sligo man is making significant strides in his baptism of fire in this highly competitive sport.’
    • ‘Without injured captain Jon Petrie and his predecessor Gordon Bulloch, who retired last month, the new Scotland boss faces a baptism of fire in his first outings as the full-time coach.’
    • ‘‘It was a baptism of fire last year,’ admits Gass.’
    • ‘Patel had a baptism of fire on the Test stage in 1996, from which he was never given a chance to recover.’
    • ‘Blanc, though, faces a baptism of fire against Duncan Ferguson and Ferguson has warned the ex-French international what to expect from the towering Everton striker.’
    • ‘If yesterday's attack was a parent's nightmare, the incident also proved a baptism of fire for new head teacher Richard Kelly who, at 38, is one of the youngest school bosses in the country.’
    • ‘Mr Savory's first show was a baptism of fire: ‘The very first show was in Hyde Park in London in front of one and a half million people over four days in 1994,’ he said.’
    • ‘But Election 2004 will be somewhat of a baptism of fire for her daughter Dawn who, at 21, is the youngest candidate seeking a seat in Kerry.’
    • ‘The experience proved a classic baptism of fire for MacArthur, who got little sleep and had to force herself to eat, all the time fretting about the record.’
    • ‘It looks like being another difficult week for Sandy Crombie, who is having a baptism of fire since assuming the top job at Standard Life.’
    painful experience, unpleasant experience, trial, tribulation, test, nightmare, trauma, baptism of fire, hell, hell on earth, misery, trouble, difficulty, torture, torment, agony
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