baptism of fire definition

  • noun:
    • A soldier's very first experience of real combat circumstances.
    • A severe ordeal experienced for the first time.
    • the very first connection with a severe experience, specifically an initial connection with military combat
    • A soldier's first connection with real fight conditions.
    • A severe experience experienced the very first time.
    • initial experience of a severe ordeal, especially a first connection with military combat

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