To become sensible at a young age; to have experience

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  • Teeth grow after cutting the gums and this process is very painful. Young children are given different items to chew on, which are safe. It actually helps in growing teeth in a safe manner. The eye teeth term used in this idiom might have come from the location of eyes. They are very close to jaws and teeth.
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Susana cut her teeth on editor’s columns before becoming the editor of that newspaper.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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