the hard way


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the hard way

1. Personal experience that is difficult, painful, or unpleasant, especially as teaches or strengthens someone. Starting your own business is really tough. I had to learn that the hard way.
2. The most challenging or difficult means (of doing something). He insists on doing his taxes by hand every year, rather than hiring an accountant or using software to make it easier—he always has to do things the hard way.
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the hard way

through suffering or learning from the unpleasant consequences of mistakes.
1996 Nozipo Maraire Zenzele I think she understands better than the rest of us that we are at heart one family, for she has had to learn the hard way.
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In these thirty words, Robinson alerts us to several essential qualities of his writing: his embededness in a specific place, Roundstone Bog; his admission that these are explorations, not conclusions; and crucially, his willingness to take the hard way, or several hard ways, to get to his point.
We had to learn that the hard way, and hopefully, we can help them learn that the hard way.
Phillips, former executive editor, then publisher of The Wall Street Journal, also wrote The Hard Way foreword.
Reacting against the hard ways of the Brute, Arthur doted on Alec--"the son of my soul," he called him--and when Alec was kicked out of boarding school for homosexual activity, Arthur was crestfallen but stood by his boy.