from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soldier's first experience of actual combat conditions.
- n. A severe ordeal experienced for the first time.
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- n. The first experience of a severe ordeal, especially a first experience of military combat
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He was back on the Essex again when she was attacked in Valparaiso harbor by a British squadron, and got his baptism of fire in one of the hardest-fought naval battles in history.
"I think the darkeys 'll give him a' baptism of fire 'of sumthin akin to it, afore long, that' ll do him more good than jinen meetin ', and' ll be a
This unique birth and baptism of fire in themselves surroundedthe Reich with a halo of historic glory such as only the oldest states-andthey but seldom-could boast.