Baptism-of-fire meaning

A soldier's first experience of actual combat conditions.
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A severe ordeal experienced for the first time.
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The first time that new troops are under fire or in combat.
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Any experience that tests one's courage, strength, etc. for the first time.
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(idiomatic) 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.

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