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.
See also: learn, lesson
References in classic literature ?
It was a bitter experience, but I learned my lesson.
These old bones of mine are fragile, and I've learned my lesson.
Come the 2016 Cox Plate, I had not learned my lesson and backed Vadamos, who arrived at Moonee Valley on the back of a Group 1 second to Ribchester - beaten less than a length - and a comfortable Chantilly Group 1 victory.
I have learned my lesson because I didn't like being drunk and I was very sick and thought I was going to die.
Needless to say, I have learned my lesson well: BE is a welcome part of my life
I've learned my lesson and I'm definitely not going back to London again.