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School of Hard Knocks

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?

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