baptism of firebaptism of fire
- the first time that new troops are under fire or in combat
- any experience that tests one's courage, strength, etc. for the first time
Origin of baptism of firetranslated, translation of Classical Greek baptisma pyros (see Matthew 3:11)
baptism of fire
- A soldier's first experience of actual combat conditions.
- A severe ordeal experienced for the first time.