cut your eyeteeth on

eyetooth

[ahy-tooth]
noun, plural eyeteeth [ahy-teeth] .
1.
Dentistry. a canine tooth of the upper jaw: so named from its position under the eye.
Idioms
2.
cut one's eyeteeth,
a.
to gain sophistication or experience; become worldly-wise.
b.
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:
1570–80; eye + tooth

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eyetooth (ˌaɪˈtuːθ)
 
n , 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 & History

eyetooth
1580, so called for its position immediately under or next to the eye.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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