school of hard knocks

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An education consisting of real-world experiences, especially harsh experiences.

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  • 1870, school+ of+ hard+ knocks.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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School of Hard KnocksTesting and tough experiences of life that teach you lots of lessons
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