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live and learn

Cliché to increase one's knowledge by experience. (Usually said when one is surprised to learn something.) I didn't know that snakes could swim. Well, live and learn! John didn't know he should water his house-plants a little extra in the dry winter months. When they all died, he said, "Live and learn."
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live and learn

Profit from experience, as in I ignored the garden book, planted my beans in March, and they all rotted-live and learn . [Second half of 1500s]
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live and learn

used, especially in spoken English, to acknowledge that a fact is new to you.
1998 Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible A man who leaves his wife for his mistress is no catch, I was sorry to find out. Well, live and learn.
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live and ˈlearn


1 learn through your mistakes or experience: I left my bike unlocked for five minutes and it was stolen. You live and learn I suppose.
2 used for expressing surprise at something new which you have just heard, read, etc: It says in this book that the Romans were the first to have a state postal service. Well, you live and learn, don’t you?
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