baptism of fire
Date: 1633 1. an introductory or initial experience that is a severe ordeal; especially a soldier's first exposure to enemy fire 2. a spiritual baptism by a gift of the Holy Spirit — often used in allusion to Acts 2:3-4; Matthew 3:11 (Revised Standard Version)

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