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English definition of “a baptism of/by fire”

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a baptism of/by fire

a very difficult first experience of something: I was given a million-dollar project to manage in my first month - it was a real baptism of fire.
Translations of “a baptism of/by fire”
in Chinese (Traditional) 初次的痛苦經歷, 戰火的洗禮…
in Chinese (Simplified) 初次的痛苦经历, 火的洗礼…
(Definition of a baptism of/by fire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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