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sadder but wiser



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Idioms and Phrases

Unhappy but having learned from one's mistakes, as in Sadder but wiser, she's never going near poison ivy again . The pairing of these two adjectives was first recorded in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).
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Example Sentences

I even present some statistical evidence for this cycle of unpleasant shocks followed by sadder-but-wiser recoveries.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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