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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"Some people don't learn lesson, however, we will keep teaching them till they learn.
He said we should learn lesson from the New Zealand incident about the minority's rights and the impression of insecurity to the minorities of the country was not a good omen.
It marks the fulfilment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in history to have its homeland.' Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said that we should learn lesson from the actions and character of our national leaders and try to follow their footsteps.
'We should have to learn lesson from the fate of traditional politicians and deliver what has been committed otherwise the people would denounce us too,' he remarked.
While talking to daily messenger, Syed Zain Shah said if need be any help we are with victim family and Severe punishment should be given to the culprit as other can learn lesson from it.
While talking to the journalists in Hafizabad she said that Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) should learn lesson from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) elections.
He said we all should learn lesson from history and make efforts to have a strong federation.
He advised opponents to learn lesson from their repeated defeats and contribute positively towards nation building.
He described the incident as mere accidental and said the human lives were lost because of mismanagement and one should learn lesson from this and strictly observe patience and discipline.
Police have been told to learn lessons over an investigation into the death of a schoolboy who was hit by a lorry.
The Scottish Government and health board bosses must learn lessons from the "systemic failure of governance" at NHS Tayside, a Holyrood committee said.
The nation should learn lessons from the story of Christ's birth, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Christmas Day, as he called on Filipinos to nurture compassion, kindness and reconciliation.
"We cannot turn back the clock in this case, but we have sought to do everything possible to learn lessons and ensure that this kind of accident does not happen again."
'The new government should learn lessons from this experience and pursue policies that allow the enormous potential of Malaysia's private sector to flourish, rather than trying to manage it directly,' he added.
Both sides must learn lessons from past bitter experiences, or try to at least.