Friday, April 05, 2013

cliché: baptism by fire

(also, baptism of fire)

Meaning: an ordeal, especially of martyrdom; soldier’s first battle experiences (definition).

Example: On his first day, the customer service rep faced a first rate consumer rage call, an epic baptism of fire.

Origins: First used in French to reference a soldier’s experience in battle, 1822. Also Biblical references. (Source.)


  • baptism by conflagration
  • blessing by bayonet
  • passion by ambush
  • ecstasy by battle
  • immersion by Armageddon
  • purification by scrabble

Discussion: There are a couple of different ways to go with this idiom. Be inventive.

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