Posted by ESC on April 08, 2004
In Reply to: Trial by fire posted by greg on April 07, 2004
: any insight on the phrase "trial by fire" would be appreciated.
trial by fire -- A test of one's abilities, especially the ability to perform well under pressure.
I have had no luck on finding the phrase in any of my references or quote books. I am guessing that it either has to do with "fire" as in gunfire in battle. Or maybe:
Trial by ordeal -- "A test that presents great challenges to patience and courage or to physical and mental endurance..." "Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions" by Elizabeth Webber and Mike Feinsilber (Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass., 1999).