trial by fire


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  • noun A test in which a person is exposed to flames in order to assess his/her truthfulness, commitment, courage, etc.
  • noun A situation in which a soldier or other combatant faces the discharge of opposing weapons, as a test of his or her fortitude.
  • noun idiomatic, by extension Any ordeal which tests one's strength, endurance, or resolve.


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