- 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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Examples from the Web for eyeteeth
We all had to get our eyeteeth cut when we came to the country.The Dude Wrangler
If I do say it myself, weve had our eyeteeth cut for some time.The Outdoor Chums in the Big Woods
"Yeah, and I'd give my eyeteeth to see that radar deck," said Roger.Sabotage in Space
Whipple and Pete are loose in the timber, and I'll bet they'd give their eyeteeth to be able to capture the Hawk.Motor Matt's Hard Luck
Stanley R. Matthews
Robert says it is as well to have the eyeteeth and the Puseyistical crisis over together.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)
Frederic G. Kenyon
- 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
Word Origin and History for eyeteeth
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.
Idioms and Phrases with eyeteeth
see give one's eyeteeth.
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