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hard knocks

[ hahrd-noks ]
/ ˈhɑrd ˈnɒks /
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plural noun
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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