Definition of baptism of fire in English:

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baptism of fire

A difficult introduction to a new job or activity: the summer tour to Australia was truly a baptism of fire
From the original sense of 'a soldier's first battle'
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  • Many amateurs jumping to the ‘big show’ encounter extreme difficulties during their baptism of fire.
  • 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.
  • Latham's first big test, his baptism of fire, has shown a man who fights best with his back to the wall.
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