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"teething problems"

Posted by Stella on April 14, 2004

hello everyone,

i've seen this around a bit and I think it carries the meaning of a severe maybe persistent problem.
a check in the dictionary reveals teething has all to do with teeth and nothing more.

could someone explain its usage to me?
is it correct to use "teething" to describe problems unrelated to dentistry?

a google search provided mixed results, with both instances of its usage showing up; health issues dominating the top results.

thank you.