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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!
See also: chalk, experience, up

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 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 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

growth experience

An experience that helps or allows one to change and mature. That painful break-up was ultimately a growth experience—now, I only date people who truly care about me.
See also: experience, growth

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

learning experience

An experiences that teaches one something. I didn't love that job, but it was a good learning experience and showed me that I need to work in a different field.
See also: experience, learning

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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speak from experience

To talk (about something) having had prior experience and thus a more credible or worthwhile viewpoint. I'm speaking from experience when I tell you that a robust investment portfolio is absolutely critical to achieve the kind of pension you desire. A: "Sarah said to have a lawyer look over the contract to make sure it's all above board." B: "Well, I know she speaks from experience, so I would listen to her."
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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.
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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While women are more likely to experience a majority of the types of abuse, older men are disproportionately represented among those older adults experiencing abandonment (Mouton, et al, 2001).
In a study conducted by D'Augelli and Grossman (2001), 65% of older gay, lesbian and bisexual older adults report experiencing some type of victimization, ranging from threats to assault, in their lives.
In fact, Knight (1996) suggests that life review may be appropriate for those seeking to redefine themselves much like men who are facing changes in marital or partner status, those facing health related decline, and those experiencing changing roles due to caregiving and retirement.
A religion has several components: a set of beliefs which serve as a cosmology of the person's place in the universe (which usually becomes part of the dogma over time) which a group of people share which give meaning and value to life; a ritual or procedure for experiencing Spirit; the dogma, a set of behavioral guidelines or rules which members are urged or required to follow in order to live a "good" life; and an organizational structure which rules on matters of dogma and ritual and which identifies a hierarchy of practitioners who are deemed qualified to perform the ritual and create or alter dogma.
According to Mezirow (2000), the forms of perspective transformation and the actions that result depend on the unique circumstances that one is experiencing. Because people bring diverse biographies, experiences, self-concepts, motivations and expectations into different educational contexts there is still a tremendous amount of debate on what constitutes a significant change in perspective (Taylor, 2000).
Depending upon the frequency and regularity of such experiences, the case of experiencing the presence of God and the cases of experiencing the presence of other persons may be more similar than has been made out here.
The reports of people actually experiencing God's infinity, then, may better be understood as events in which the subject infers God's infinity very quickly from the experience, so quickly that the subject is inclined to think they have experienced the infinity itself.
In that context, this criticism would at most force us to reinterpret reports of perceiving God's infinity as reports of experiencing something else from which God's infinity was inferred.
One who has had an experience of God's infinity has no reason as the result of any of the above arguments to doubt that it is God he is experiencing. And he has good reason not to be impressed by the arguments of those who have not had an experience of God, or who have not perceived God's infinity.
They commented on the value of this group work and fish bowl activities and some expressed interest in experiencing more of them.
Clare found herself drawing upon support from others who, themselves, had little understanding of what she was experiencing and how they should respond to her.
The model suggests that resilience in children experiencing bereavement can be positively affected through the manipulation of identifiable independent variables, with the anticipated result that change can be observed through identifiable dependent variables, in particular, self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-in-situation.
Common factors can be found between this group and those children experiencing loss through the separation or divorce of parents This paper argues that children's educational opportunities can be adversely affected following significant loss and that what is needed is an eclectic framework, which will assist educational professionals in meeting the diverse and individual needs of children who have experienced such loss.
During the week that the first lecture was on-line, numerous e-mail messages were received about the frustrations students were experiencing. Many had to do with their internet connection at home "not working right." One woman wrote that she did not own a computer and had to buy one, an unexpected expense.
When my mother was dying from breast cancer several years ago, I found myself experiencing God in so many ways, in so many people.
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