Definition of the school of hard knocks in English:

the school of hard knocks

phrase

  • Painful or difficult experiences that are seen to be useful in teaching someone about life.

    • ‘Many respondents indicated that valuable learning was only possible via hands-on training in the school of hard knocks.’
    • ‘‘The first year was difficult, no doubt about it,’ admits this graduate from the school of hard knocks.’
    • ‘I've learned the hard way at the school of hard knocks.’
    • ‘Unfortunately his father lost his fortune shortly thereafter, and Finlay instead received instruction from the school of hard knocks as he grew up amid grinding poverty in the Glasgow slums.’
    • ‘But admissions departments should make the extra effort to look for signs of character traits, like persistence, imagination, and training in the school of hard knocks, that might be hidden in the numbers.’
    • ‘It is quite an honor for a working writer (one who has learned the craft in the school of hard knocks, rather than in a writing program) to be asked to teach a class like this.’
    • ‘They will very soon get the shock of their lives and learn some very painful lesson in the school of hard knocks.’
    • ‘Foolishly, I had decided to learn California's unique motorcycle laws and driving rules through the school of hard knocks.’
    • ‘So you again enter the catch - 22 situation, where you are either qualified but lacking in the experience department, or the wealth of experience you have gained in the school of hard knocks is wasted as you don't have the qualifications.’
    • ‘Being a person who bypassed college and enrolled directly in the school of hard knocks, I may not be the best source to ask about higher education.’
    the way of the world, the world, the way things go, the way of it, the human condition, the times we live in, the usual state of affairs, the school of hard knocks
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