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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

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 best teacher after all.
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experience is the father 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 father of wisdom after all.
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experience is the teacher of fools

Foolish people only learn from personal experience, rather than witnessing others' mistakes. After watching Alex's failed attempt at the experiment, I realized what we were doing wrong. Experience is the teacher of fools.
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put (something) down 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 put it down to experience and study harder next time.
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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.
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put something down to experience

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chalk something up to experience

COMMON If you chalk a failure or bad experience up to experience or put it down to experience, you do not get very upset about it because you will learn from it in the future. I was disappointed not to win, but I've just got to chalk it up to experience and go on. They could have parted friends and put the whole incident down to experience.

put something down to exˈperience

(also chalk it up to exˈperience especially American English ) accept a failure, loss, etc. as being something that you can learn from: When her second novel was rejected by the publisher, she put it down to experience and began another one.
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Most had experienced feelings of dread but didn't encounter supernatural creatures.
We need only see that the continuity is that of subjectivity itself, abstracted from any particular context, and it finds concrete expression in the fact that none of us has ever experienced (or will ever experience) not being here.
Years of experience are discounted by church authorities who have not experienced a communal penance service with general absolution nor the long-term effects in a faith community that celebrates the sacrament of Reconciliation in all of its forms.
Paul, and the communities he founded, experienced grace as the Spirit poured out, lifting them up, opening them to faith's surrender, and working in and through them to reach out to others.
In the interim, however, serious consideration should be given to eliminating the practice of hiring persons with bachelor's and unrelated master's degrees to serve as rehabilitation counselors unless such individuals are required to pursue formal education in rehabilitation counseling and afforded experienced supervision.
More than a third of sexually experienced young women who are not infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) become infected during a two-year period.
Saint John of the Cross says that the experience of God beyond the heights of mystical union is only experienced after death.
It was a familiar chill, one which I had experienced on a regular basis ten years ago when I was a camp counselor.
Led by industry practitioners who have directly experienced client and member challenges, the IDC Executive Advisory Group is uniquely positioned to help IT vendors executives with their most pressing business issues and informational needs.
experienced the long-term forms and processes of transformational learning during and after participation in the international service-learning program in Nicaragua (Author, 2002).
Bringing more than 30 years of experience to the group, Tisdell, a CPA, is an experienced senior financial executive with significant transactional experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial and turnaround management, debt and equity financing and income tax strategy.
Traditional field experiences often can be considered internships (characterized as apprenticeships), where time is spent with others more experienced learning about a particular career, or becoming job-ready (Furco, 2002).
Customer frustration was experienced on industry sites that weren't able to deliver quotes, detailed information on premiums and deductibles, or guide consumers through their transactions.
Readers who wish to follow Wordsworth's lead should experience solitude, or at least think about those solitary experiences they have bad, and should ideally have experienced some of that solitude in situations of mild physical stress in the open air, exposed to the forces of wind or rain.
We look forward to continuing our work with the experienced ResponseTek management team to sustain its position as a global market leader.