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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.

Additional definitions for 'baptism by fire':

baptism by fireA change in initial attitude or ideals through a traumatic situation.
baptism by fireA trying ordeal that was not experienced before.
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