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harrowing experience

An experience that is frightening, chilling, or disturbing, either due to an implied or actual element of danger, or from being physically or emotionally unpleasant. With so much traffic, cycling in this city can be a harrowing experience. Walking through that graveyard last night was quite the harrowing experience. The film is very good, but it's a bit of a harrowing experience; it doesn't shy away from intense subject matter.
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jarring experience

An experience that creates an acute sense of shock, confusion, or bewilderment. That car accident was such a jarring experience, I don't know if I'll be able to sleep for days. You need better use of transitional sentences in your paper. Jumping from point to point like that will be a jarring experience for the reader.
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chalk (something) up to experience

To regard a bad situation, action, or outcome as a learning experience rather than dwelling on its negative impact. I know you're upset about failing your exam, but just chalk it up to experience and try harder next time!
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experience is the mother of wisdom

Most wisdom is gained by experiencing different things (compared to acquiring knowledge through schooling or other means). A few years ago, I couldn't even get behind the wheel without having panic attacks, but, with practice, I'm much calmer and can drive with no problems. Experience is the mother of wisdom after all.
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Experience is the best teacher.

Prov. You will learn more from things that happen to you in real life than you will from hearing about or studying things that happen to other people. I don't care how many books you read about how to run a business; experience is the best teacher. The nurse believed that experience was the best teacher when it came to developing a bedside manner, so she made sure that all her students spent a lot of time with patients.
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Experience is the father of wisdom,

 and Experience is the mother of wisdom.
Prov. The more that happens to you, the more you will learn. I never understood why supervisors got so frustrated with me until I became a supervisor and got frustrated with my subordinates. Experience was definitely the mother of wisdom, in my case.
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Experience is the teacher of fools.

Prov. Only fools do not learn after seeing other people's mistakes and insist on repeating them. Father: You should spend more time studying and less time having fun with your friends. If I had been a better student when I was your age, I'd have a better job now. Son: Oh, come on, Dad. School's worthless. Father: Don't make the same mistake I did! Experience is the teacher of fools.
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growth experience

 and growth opportunity; learning experience
Euph. an unpleasant experience. This job has been a growth experience for me. I've learned so much. Jim said that his trip to Mexico turned out to be a real learning experience.
See also: experience, growth

put something down to experience

  (British, American & Australian) also chalk something up to experience (American & Australian)
to decide that instead of being upset about something bad that you have done or that has happened, you will learn from it 'I'm so ashamed. I let him take advantage of me.' 'Don't be so hard on yourself. Just put it down to experience.'
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While experienced teachers tended to grade students with LD on a relatively harsher scale, it would appear that less experienced teachers marked the same students on a much more lenient grading scale, overlooking many evaluative categories in favor of "padding" the score so as to not (apparently) discourage the student.
The teachers were all experienced and had entered the practicum confident of their abilities to offer students instruction.
Their journal entries were analyzed to discover recurring themes of what was experienced.
Every one of these web sites and applications are an inspiration to new developers and a benchmark for what makes a great user experience for experienced developers.
We look forward to continuing our work with the experienced ResponseTek management team to sustain its position as a global market leader.
Wordsworth was a dedicated walker, and he typically first experienced the raw material for his poetry while walking out of doors, alone in spirit if not in fact.
Many participants experienced frustration with the experience, although others enjoyed it.
Glauser, was an open-label extension phase of a trial that examined the safety and efficacy of Trileptal as adjunctive therapy in children (aged 3-17) who experienced seizures while taking other AEDs.
We have assembled a top-notch team of experienced executives who are well-prepared to take this company to the next-level," says Alan Hickenbottom, Flatrock co-founder and Vice President of Strategy.
Jim Campbell, a tremendously experienced antitrust lawyer, was one of the principal drafters of the first Merger Guidelines, as well as the Tunney Act which regulates the settlement of antitrust actions brought by the Department of Justice.
com the day after events are broadcast by NBC, so sports enthusiasts with broadband connections and access to an Octane ISP will be able to experience Olympic highlights on their PCs in clear stereo sound with full-speed, high-resolution video clips, free of the usual bandwidth restrictions experienced by traditional streaming media technologies over the congested public Internet.
CGN and Renegade have proven track records of success and both firms offered exceptionally creative and experienced teams.
It works with traditional stereo systems and effectively eliminates "cheap seat" sound problems experienced in movie and performance theaters.
I couldn't be more pleased with the combined bench strength we've put together," commented Cathy Taylor, "This is a group of highly skilled and experienced professionals with proven track records and expertise.