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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.
See also: experience, jar

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!
See also: chalk, experience, up

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.
See also: experience, mother, of, wisdom

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.
See also: experience, teacher

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.
See also: experience, father, of, wisdom

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.
See also: experience, fool, of, teacher

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.
See also: down, experience, put

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.
See also: experience, teacher

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.
See also: experience, father, of, wisdom

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.
See also: experience, fool, of, teacher

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

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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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Object Experiencer idioms, on the other hand, are quite well represented.
Before attending Projet blanc, experiencers received little information about the piece other than Choiniere's involvement and its "ambulatory theatre" format.
Hence it is that horror is made to inhere in sight or sound, that the contemplation of the dreadful must necessarily seize, strike, thrill or chill the experiencer, and that his response to it must be of a bodily nature (shuddering, trembling, staggering, or standing like a statue).
The emotion which is marked by the verb includes affective identification of the experiencer (trajector) with the effector (landmark) (e.
agent, patient, recipient, experiencer, instrument, location, etc.
experiencer, beneficiary, recipient) case are covered by the Lative.
Contemplation produces brain states not associated with ordinary consciousness, and the signatures left behind in the brain by such experiences indicate that the experiencer contacts a reality outside herself.
Consequently, split ergativity as a basic grammatical phenomenon does not belong here; however things like the Dative Experiencer constructions, which are usually explained in terms of predicate semantics, do fall under this definition.
While all experience is authentic and real for the experiencer, judgments about who is truly possessed ('the poor thing') and who is working out stress in an emotional catharsis ('to her health' they say afterwards) are common in the discursive world of trancers" (52).
Also typically lacking a Topic function and describing a compact event are related structures in Spanish with experiencer predicates, including those involving body parts.
3) In perception, the main subject is an observer or an experiencer (Croft 1993) (represented by a "smiley" in Figure 3) rather than an agent; in fact the observer is not under obligation to carry the complement content, and the main verb profiles a perceptual relationship between its subject and the complement scene: in fact it is a two-way causal relation and it is represented as follows:
Related to Tatzel's (2002) notion of the experiencer, perhaps one of the most robust findings in the materialism literature is materialism's inverse relationship with psychological and subjective well-being.
Although anonymous and an experiencer of the ordinafiness of life, Memorias narrator is yet delightfully perverse, both in terms of the defense mechanisms she wields in the face of the deadening boredom of her job in what sounds like hack journalism and in the games of sexual tease she plays with her seemingly loutish partner.
For your reader: pause after each sentence, to give the experiencer time to do each piece).
Thus, looking still relegates one, on some level, to the position of experiencer.