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teething problems | teething troubles

Meaning: If someone or something is having teething problems, or teething troubles, they're having problems during the early stages of something.

For example:

  • The government had a few teething problems early in its term, but most people think they did a good job overall.

  • We're still having a few teething toubles, but when everyone adjusts to their roles, everything should be fine.

Origin: Related to the fact that babies go through a painful stage early in life called "teething", during which their first teeth are growing.

Quick Quiz:

The project went through the usual teething troubles
  1. early on
  2. later on
  3. at the end

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