adversity or hardships: Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to learn life's hard lessons without life's hard knocks?Growing up in the Depression, my grandfather had his share of hard knocks.
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How to use hard knocks in a sentence
Parents sometimes have an attitude of, “I was brought up in the school of hard knocks, no one babied me.”
People view it as a career of … some hard knocks,” he said in his retirement conference, “But I got to play.
Parole femmine, fatti maschi, and the logic of events isn't altogether words; it's full of hard knocks, too.A Traveler from Altruria: Romance | William Dean Howells
We may expect the minor moralities to suffer while the major moralities are being determined by hard knocks.Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
Molire, like most successful men, had a good many enemies, and was accustomed to give and receive very hard knocks.Queens of the French Stage | H. Noel Williams
Best of all, the Prince loved her, and she had no more hard knocks and cross words.The Book of Fables and Folk Stories | Horace E. Scudder
He comprehends what difficulties mean, having had his own hard knocks.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2) | William Denison Lyman