the school of hard knocks

the school of hard knocks

Real and practical experiences of life (as opposed to formal education), especially those involving hardship or adversity. The problem with you is that you've been spoiled your whole life. You haven't had gone through the school of hard knocks to teach you what the world is really like!
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school of hard knocks

Fig. the school of life's experiences, as opposed to a formal, classroom education. I didn't go to college, but I went to the school of hard knocks. I learned everything by experience.
See also: hard, knock, of, school

school of hard knocks

The practical experience of life, including hardship and disappointments. For example, A self-made man, he never went to college but came up through the school of hard knocks. This idiom uses knock, "a blow," as a metaphor for a setback. [Mid-1800s]
See also: hard, knock, of, school

the school of hard knocks

The school of hard knocks is that way that people learn from their experiences in life, especially from bad experiences. He graduated from the school of hard knocks as well — most of his family died in the war. All of these skills I developed in the school of hard knocks. I certainly didn't get them at university. Note: This is being contrasted with a formal academic education and the qualifications obtained by studying at a school or college. A similar phrase sometimes used is `the University of Life'.
See also: hard, knock, of, school

the school of hard knocks

painful or difficult experiences that are seen to be useful in teaching someone about life.
See also: hard, knock, of, school
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But what he also deserves recognition for is his brilliant work with the School of Hard Knocks programme that has become a hit on Sky Sports.
I'm from the school of hard knocks so I can handle it - I don't mind honesty as long as he's not mean, which he never, ever is," noted Winslet.
This second chance has been afforded by the School of Hard Knocks - a charity which uses rugby as a way of tackling the issues surrounding unemployment, crime and health.
Recently he became a patron for the school of Hard Knocks, a charity focused on sports, helping young offenders learn the values and discipline through rugby, helping them live life more positively.
The Leicester striker is a graduate of the school of hard knocks during a career that started at Stocksbridge Park Steels of the Northern Premier League.
The School of Hard Knocks team at the Millennium Stadium
My friend got her lesson from the School of Hard Knocks after she was already committed to a high interest auto loan.
The reason why the wealthy people without mentors said they didn't have one was that they got their education through reading books, and through the school of hard knocks," Corley says.
MOSELEY will stage the finale to rugby-themed reality show The School of Hard Knocks at Billesley Common next Wednesday.
Gary Dobry is the owner and head trainer at Pug's Boxing Club at The School of Hard Knocks in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Nor am I in favor of using it on any animal much over a couple hundred pounds, as learned from the School Of Hard Knocks.
PHIL TAYLOR'S upbringing was in the school of hard knocks, although he believes it has stood him in good stead for a career built upon grit and determination.
He's turned his career around by coming through the school of hard knocks essentially," Deans (pictured below) said.