baptism by fire

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From the Bible, Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said... "and He shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire."

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baptism by fire (plural baptisms by fire)

  1. (idiomatic) A rite of passage through the survival or success of a crisis.
    The new folks really get put through a baptism by fire, to start doing a stressful job with so little training.
  2. (idiomatic) A trying ordeal that was not experienced before.
  3. (idiomatic) A change in initial attitude or ideals through a traumatic situation.

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