School of Hard Knocks

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Testing and tough experiences of life that teach you lots of lessons

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  • This 19th century phrase deals with learning lessons from ones mistakes, hardships. It says when life knocks you round it makes you strong. School is such a place where you learn different subjects but there is another kind of school unlike formal school, but it teaches important lessons of life. This school is called the “school of hard knocks”. Although it is non-figurative school, but successful people who might not have learn from formal schools often say they have learn from the “school of hard knocks”.
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She said that she has learned from the school of hard knocks not to have blind trust on anybody.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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school of hard knocksAn education consisting of real-world experiences, especially harsh experiences.
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