teething problems | teething troubles

This page is about the idiom teething problems | teething troubles


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 troubles, 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

a. early on

b. later on

c. at the end
a) early on b) later on c) at the end

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Contributor: Matt Errey