School of Hard Knocks
The school of hard knocks is not really a school. The term hard knocks, itself, means ❛the experiences of life, including the hardships and disappointments❜. So if someone claims to have gone to the school of hard knocks, it means that he or she ❛has learned from practical and sometimes painful life experiences❜. Here are two examples using this English idiom:
Frederick didn’t go to university. Instead, he had to learn things the hard way at the school of hard knocks.
Marvin was a Harvard graduate but he learned life’s most important lessons at the school of hard knocks.
Country music singer Singer Conway Twitty (1933 - 1993) once said:
You learn most from life’s hardest knocks.
Do you agree?