- cut one's eyeteeth,
- to gain sophistication or experience; become worldly-wise.
- Also cut one's eyeteeth on.to be initiated or gain one's first experience in (a career, hobby, skill, etc.).
- give one's eyeteeth, to give something one considers very precious, usually in exchange for an object or situation one desires: She would give her eyeteeth for that job.
Origin of eyetooth
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- either of the two canine teeth in the upper jaw
- give one's eyeteeth for to go to any lengths to achieve or obtain (something)I'd give my eyeteeth for a radio as good as that
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also eye tooth, 1570s, so called for its position immediately under or next to the eye.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A canine tooth of the upper jaw.
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