Baptism of Fire


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Baptism of Fire

Informal; a difficult situation a company or manager is experiencing for the first time. Baptism of fire is generally thought to result in the company or manager's success or failure. Examples include the hiring of a new CEO at a time when a company is facing bankruptcy, or the entrance of a firm's first major competitor into the market.
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BEIRUT: It was a baptism of fire for Lebanon in their first game at Level I of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women as the team lost to hosts, and strong contenders for the title, Japan 77-49 Sunday.
WEST BROM v WEST HAM TODAY, 3PM WEST Brom's new head coach Roy Hodgson faces a baptism of fire with a local derby against visiting Wolves the first match he will take charge of as Roberto Di Matteo's successor.
JONATHAN TROTT can expect a baptism of fire when he makes his Test debut on Thursday.
Dear Editor, All the hot air currently being generated by the London media over the appointment of Digby, Lord of Birmingham as a Government Trade Minister misses the point by a mile (MPs blast Digby in baptism of fire, Post July 17).
Around dawn, having closed his eyes for half an hour--his only rest in 24 hours--the former vice president, now the country's leader, faced a baptism of fire.
Overwhelmed by the triple threat of demanding administrators, children in need and interested parents, many teachers don't survive the initial baptism of fire.
I plan to write seven books under this company" To date, Johnson has two novels, Shades of Black and Eyes of Faith, with a third novel, Baptism of Fire, to be released in a few weeks.
Not long after, they get a real baptism of fire fighting Erwin ``The Desert Fox'' Rommel's crack Afrika Korps in the Sahara.
LIAM DAWSON had a baptism of fire on his ODI debut, but returned to the fray to claim his first two international wickets.
Here we look at five other gaffers who started badly: GORDON STRACHAN - Endured baptism of fire in Celtic hotseat in 2005 when they crashed to a 5-0 Champions League loss at Artmedia Bratislava.
May 18, 1915: Pte H Avison from Crosland Moor wrote home to say he had had his baptism of fire in the trenches, adding: "After the first hour or so all the unpleasantness wore off and we got quite lively and passed jokes on to another.
The Spanish boss (below) oversees what may be his last game in charge today after coming through a baptism of fire in English football.