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eyetooth

[ahy-tooth] /ˈaɪˌtuθ/
noun, plural eyeteeth
[ahy-teeth] /ˈaɪˌtiθ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Dentistry. a canine tooth of the upper jaw: so named from its position under the eye.
Idioms
2.
cut one's eyeteeth,
  1. to gain sophistication or experience; become worldly-wise.
  2. Also, cut one's eyeteeth on. to be initiated or gain one's first experience in (a career, hobby, skill, etc.).
3.
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
1570-1580
1570-80; eye + tooth
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British Dictionary definitions for cut one's eye teeth

eyetooth

/ˌaɪˈtuːθ/
noun (pl) -teeth
1.
either of the two canine teeth in the upper jaw
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for cut one's eye teeth

eyetooth

n.

also eye tooth, 1570s, so called for its position immediately under or next to the eye.

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cut one's eye teeth in Medicine

eyetooth eye·tooth (ī'tōōth')
n.
A canine tooth of the upper jaw.

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