to cut your teeth on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cut your teeth on

"to cut your teeth on"

to get your first experience and learn the basic skills of something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cut your teeth on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I understand the company is going to branch out into data analysis.

Colleague 2:  That's great. I cut my teeth on data analysis. My first job after university was data analysis.

Colleague 1:  Then it should be easy for you to adapt.

Colleague 2:  I will definitely be very familiar with the material and be able to contribute to the success of the new department.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cut your teeth on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I came across a computer program written in the Fortran language the other day. It was interesting. There are some components that I would like to use in my current project but I have no clue about Fortran.

Friend 2:  Talk to Robert. He cut his teeth on Fortran way back in Grade 11 in high school when his math teacher volunteered to offer a computer science course mornings before the official school day began.

Friend 1:  Great. Thanks. I am sure Robert will be able to help.

to cut your teeth on - Usage:


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to cut your teeth on - Gerund Form:

Cutting his teeth on a local newspaper, it wasn't long before he became a national journalist.

to cut your teeth on - Examples:

1)  ... the red-carpet tide, going from a near-nobody, who'd only just cut his teeth on TV's Skins, to the grinning poster-boy for an eight-Oscar-winning global sensation.

2)  It will be his game, the experience he cut his teeth on, which he'll talk about as his first real gaming memory, ...

3)  The Rock didn't start his professional career as an actor. He cut his teeth on celebrity fame as a WWE champ in the late' 90s and early 2000s.

4)  Before leading Fujitsu's global IoT practice, Bazin cut his teeth on biometric systems -- and he sees some of the same issues that used to ...

5)  As a child he wasn't allowed a console, thus cut his teeth on friends' machines while jointly dedicating much of his impressionable years to Apogee Software.

6)  It was what I cut my teeth on so I decided to try that and see what would happen.

7)  ... but I cut my teeth on the IGT Tour and it's always great to come back and reconnect with ...

8)  ... may be a new concept to you, but I cut my teeth on it, quite literally. I had already given up on it years before ...

9)  That's the philosophy and the team-building process I cut my teeth on and that I came up in.

10)  I've cut my teeth on a handful of projects now as a producer that I want to integrate in ...

11)  The Leeds born writer cut her teeth on Coronation Street and the hospital set drama Children's Ward before making her name ...

12)  ... said the 200m remains a bigger mental challenge than the longer races she cut her teeth on.

13)  The 23-year-old cut her teeth on her domestic tour but has already made history in her second year on the ...

14)  She was a relative latecomer, having cut her teeth on the stage, but quickly caught up. Three best supporting actress Oscar nominations ...

15)  She hopes to concentrate on the latter: she cut her teeth on Shakespeare and raves about the London theatre scene.

16)  ... had flair in social media, graphics or writing, and wanted to cut their teeth on the international market, he said.

17)  ... has proved to be hugely popular as a way for new paddlers to cut their teeth on this stretch of water ahead of the Coast to Coast.

18)  ... reworked versions of songs they came to know as adults, or cut their teeth on as children - have become the musical equivalent of safe spaces.

19)  Encouraging youth-driven competitions would enable university graduates to cut their teeth on creating innovative and fresh concepts for civil infrastructure.

20)  ... forced to close, leaving a lack of late-night places for musicians to cut their teeth on the live scene.