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school of hard knocks

noun
1.
the experience gained from living, especially from disappointment and hard work, regarded as a means of education:
The only school he ever attended was the school of hard knocks.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism
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school of hard knocks

The practical experience of life, including hardship and disappointments. For example, A self-made man, he never went to college but came up through the school of hard knocks. This idiom uses knock, “a blow,” as a metaphor for a setback. [ Mid-1800s ]
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