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    hard knocks

    From School of Hard Knocks to an M.B.A.

    Source : From School of Hard Knocks to an M.B.A. - MSN Encarta

    Please explain it.


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    Re: hard knocks

    It means an "education" by real-world experience, which is often adversarial and difficult, as opposed to traditional school.


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    Re: hard knocks

    Thank you Delmobile.(for all threads)

    I know adversary = opponent, but I cannot understand your explanation with this meaning.

    Could you tell me what you mean `adversary' in your sentence?


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    Re: hard knocks

    Adversarial just means "of, or relating to, an adversary." I meant that in the real world, one often meets people who try to harm one.

    Here is another way to say it: Who will examine a contract more carefully: a person who was once cheated out of a large sum of money by a contract, or a person who has taken a class about contracts?


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    Re: hard knocks

    Thank you very much Delmobile.

    I have got it.


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    #6

    Re: hard knocks

    You're welcome!

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    Re: hard knocks

    A footnote: the expression 'School of Hard Knocks' is probably a reference to the common description of part of a university as 'The School of <adjective> <noun - often in the plural>' - e.g. 'The School of Oriental Languages'. 'The School of Life' wouldn't be as good.

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