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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Although company officials quickly apologized, they failed to learn their lesson.
And as they get ready to tangle with three teams around them in the top six, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Millwall, the Bluebirds have vowed to learn their lessons in defeat.
An optimistic view of felons, one held tightly by gun-control groups, sees felons as something akin to wayward children: the felons, like children, have poor impulse control, and so to stop them from behaving badly, one need only strictly regulate dangerous items and then discipline the felons each time they act badly so that they learn their lessons and become model citizens.