Definition of cut one's teeth in English:

cut one's teeth


  • Acquire initial practice or experience of a particular sphere of activity.

    ‘the brothers cut their professional teeth at Lusardi's before starting their own restaurant’
    • ‘The academy is part of the new recruitment success with young referees cutting their teeth at Wigginton Road and gaining confidence in local junior matches as well before being given senior league responsibilities.’
    • ‘In the seventies and eighties, when Liverpool were last at the top of European football, many black and Asian fans from London, Birmingham and other UK cities, were just cutting their teeth as football fans.’
    • ‘This is how they cut their teeth, why they were initially hailed as the ‘saviours of rock,’ and while they will always have people leave their shows in complete and utter awe.’
    • ‘They want people with a few years' experience who have cut their teeth in a commercial environment and received ongoing training and development from another employer.’
    • ‘He went to work at Thornton Baker in Glasgow, cutting his teeth on an array of large and small business accounts.’
    • ‘Still, it's very much the world he came from, cutting his teeth in the 1950s and 1960s with dance bands and orchestras, playing on various radio and TV shows.’
    • ‘I was a young wine merchant at the time, cutting my teeth in St James's with the Queen's vintners.’
    • ‘Often from an executive point of view you haven't really cut your teeth until you have experienced it.’
    • ‘Rowe did much of the trimming, cutting his teeth as an editor on the film.’
    • ‘There is a generation of performers who are cutting their teeth in smaller rooms, and they will one day be on TV.’