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learn (something) down pat

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. I made sure to learn my speech down pat before the ceremony so I wouldn't spend the whole time looking down at piece of paper. My sister is such a musical prodigy that she can learn a song down pat after listening to it only once or twice.
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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 (something) the hard way

To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant. Starting your own business is really tough. I had to learn that the hard way. Everyone will tell you that becoming a parent is challenging, but you never really know what that means until you learn about it the hard way.
See also: hard, learn, way

learn (something) by heart

To learn something very thoroughly; to memorize something. Ask Becky to recite the poem—she learned it by heart. You don't have to learn these principles by heart, we just want you to have a basic understanding of them.
See also: by, heart, learn

learn to live with (someone or something)

To learn to accept someone or something; to get used to or become accustomed to someone or something. Said especially of a person or thing that one initially finds unpleasant, undesirable, or annoying. The paint job looks kind of sloppy, but I'll just have learn to live with it, unless I want to redo the whole thing myself. At first my roommate's habits were infuriating, but eventually I learned to live with them. I know you don't get along, but you're partners now, so you'll have to learn to live with each other.
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Still, The Afterlife of Pope Joan is to be commended as a fascinating literary study and intellectual history, as it conveys the textual fate of a somewhat hapless figure whose virtue and learnedness are overwhelmed by the sulfurous fumes said to engulf her, causing her to exclaim even in life, "By Hell, I scorch already" (146).
In Jewish law, those equipped to answer legal questions are not determined by education and degrees, but by learnedness and community consensus.
This brief summary of the general argument cannot reveal the complexity and learnedness of the arguments within each chapter.
56) Mary undoubtedly took on this role, placing herself firmly within her text and leaving the reader no doubt that these considered views were hers, based not only on her learnedness but also her lived experience.
Chips, focus less on learnedness than on ability to teach, to relate to others--an archetype which itself gets confounded, for example in the character of Wing Biddlebaum from Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio whose teachings of young people are misinterpreted by the town's fathers.
Both our traditions have depth of learnedness and spiritual insight that only patient study and inner awareness can reveal.
The refinement and learnedness of Mary, whose descent from an English earl on her mother's side establishes her credentials as a woman of "quality," reflect Child's own social proclivities.
Although a short and obscure passage from the text, it highlights one of the conventions of Black sermonizing and oratory that would later become recognized as a major part of Black evangelicalism that grew out of the syncretism between African oral tradition and Methodist principles of direct inspiration over scholastic learnedness.
Just one free week and I would tell my friend many nice things about the Greek Sappho: the critics, who have collected all her words, have understood little of them, they all had much learnedness and as little heart as taste; and who can understand a Sappho without a heart?
Cowling's skills as a historian are no-where better evidenced than in the learnedness needed to achieve such an encyclopedic compendium of modern English intellectual biography.
Aside from its more generic virtues, such as learnedness and conceptual rigor, perhaps what is most distinctive about Bennett's treatment of Spinoza (and the history of philosophy more generally) is his method, which he calls the "collegial approach.
85) A friend's good influence was based on the fact that he embodied both learnedness and spiritual exemplarity.
A reference to his "frequent recourse to quotations from the poets" alludes to the learnedness of the text.
Ion of Chios, too, recalls tales of Pythagoras' celebrated learnedness.
He espouses a "simple and straightforward" style, yet many of his examples belie an impressive vocabulary and learnedness.