learn (one's) lesson

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learn (one's) lesson

To learn through painful experience not to do something, often something one had been warned about or knew might be risky. I told you that you'd feel awful if you drank that much wine. I hope you've learned your lesson. I certainly learned my lesson about buying something from a stranger online.
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learn one's lesson

Profit from experience, especially an unhappy one. For example, From now on she'd read the instructions first; she'd learned her lesson. Also see hard way.
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learn your ˈlesson

learn what to do or what not to do in the future because you have had a bad experience in the past: I used to carry a lot of money on me, until one day my bag was stolen. Since then, I’ve learned my lesson.
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References in classic literature ?
It may be that across the immensity of space the Martians have watched the fate of these pioneers of theirs and learned their lesson, and that on the planet Venus they have found a securer settlement.
However, just this week I have been presented with evidence that these institutions appear to have not yet learned their lesson.
In Latin America, most of the countries have learned their lesson from the last decade, cutting down debt burdens and improving their economies.
Perhaps they've learned their lesson, or perhaps they're just holding off on special-interest favors for now to show business what life will be like if Congress passes a ban on soft money.
The members of System of a Down have learned their lesson, and pass it along to all public figures.
Having learned their lessons about language regulations and seeing translations as a marketing tool to increase business abroad, companies such as Microsoft have expanded into the burgeoning markets in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Far East and South America.
Children learned their lessons from Sonia Komiserova (another local survivor), or fell asleep over their books; an amateur theater group hilariously bumbled through a rehearsal; and the gorgeous Sabbath Bride, danced by Ausra Gineityte (from the National Opera and Ballet of Lithuania), crossed a field of grass, butterflies dancing around her waist.