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hard knocks

plural noun, Informal.
1.
adversity or hardships.
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  • The minstrel, like the fighters, revels in hard knocks and rough jests.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • That is where the ball is, and there are the keen players to be met, and the glory and the hard knocks to be got.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • Of course there would be some hard knocks, but he expected that, for he was going to rough it!

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • We went through the same school of hard knocks together—all of us.

    Anchorite

    Randall Garrett
  • Soldiers deal in hard knocks, and they must expect to get some back in return.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • Circumstance has received some hard knocks from men and women of this type.

  • You have yet, by dint of hard knocks and buffets, to learn the world.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • His late opponent was yet a little dazed by the hard knocks he had received.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry

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