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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  • baptism of fire — noun The first experience of a severe ordeal, especially a first experience of military combat Having to deal with a bomb scare on his first day was a real baptism of fire for John. See Also: throw in the deep end, acid test …   Wiktionary

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  • baptism of fire — bap′tism of fire′ n. 1) rel spiritual sanctification as a gift of the Holy Ghost 2) the first experience of a soldier in combat 3) any severe ordeal that tests one s endurance • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

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