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']
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of baptism of fire in:
- The US English dictionary