Idiom – Baptism by Fire
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Baptism by Fire – Idiom of the Day
A difficult introduction to a new job or activity.
The phrase baptism by fire is rooted in the Bible’s Matthew 3:11. The following passage is from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible: “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
The phrase was originally synonymous with a personal ordeal that someone went through. In Biblical and Christian references, a baptism by fire is also used to describe the martyrdom of an individual. As time progressed, the phrase was used to describe a soldier’s first time at war, with the battle representing the soldier’s baptism. In most cases, baptism by fire is still used as a wartime reference.
- The first year as an analyst is a baptism by fire for any aspiring investment banker.
- As a soldier, your first field operation is a baptism by fire, where you will find out if you can handle life-or-death situations.
- My probation period was my baptism by fire when I was put on the front desk to handle hordes of angry clients.