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    • Join Date: May 2008
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    the school of hard knocks


    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    hard knocks
    : difficult or painful experiences that people have in their lives or careers
    ▪ He has taken plenty of hard knocks in his life.
    ▪ The school of hard knocks [=the difficult experiences in his life] taught him how to be tough.

    Do British English speakers use the phrase "school of hard knocks"?

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
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    Re: the school of hard knocks

    I'm a Brit and that idiom is floating around in the back of my mind, not sure that I would ever actually use it, but have definitely seen/heard it. Don't know the origin of it though.

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