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nugget of wisdom

A particular or singular thing that someone has written or said which is especially wise, sagacious, or informative. Can also be used sarcastically to imply that what is said is banal, useless, or uninformative. My uncle loves to give advice, and he's never short of little nuggets of wisdom whenever we go to visit him. Thanks for that nugget of wisdom, Jeff. I'm sure sunbathing tips will really come in handy in Iceland!
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worldly wisdom

Knowledge gained from experience and everyday life. My dad never finished college, but he has much more worldly wisdom than I do, as a perpetual student.
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cut (one's) wisdom teeth

To reach an age or state of maturity. I think that we should hire an older, more experienced candidate, one who has already cut her wisdom teeth.
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experience is the mother of wisdom

Most wisdom is gained by experiencing different things (compared to acquiring knowledge through schooling or other means). A few years ago, I couldn't even get behind the wheel without having panic attacks, but, with practice, I'm much calmer and can drive with no problems. Experience is the mother of wisdom after all.
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pearl of wisdom

A piece of valuable advice. The phrase is sometimes used sarcastically. The old woman shared her pearls of wisdom with the struggling teen, in the hopes of making him feel better. Thanks for the pearl of wisdom, buddy, but your suggestion is ridiculous.
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experience is the father of wisdom

Most wisdom is gained by experiencing different things (compared to acquiring knowledge through schooling or other means). A few years ago, I couldn't even get behind the wheel without having panic attacks, but, with practice, I'm much calmer and can drive with no problems. Experience is the father of wisdom after all.
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in (one's) (infinite) wisdom

Used ironically when describing one's action or decision that the speaker thinks was particularly stupid or ill advised. The management, in their infinite wisdom, decided to cut employees' benefits while demanding that they work even longer hours.
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the received wisdom

Common knowledge that is held to be true, but may not be. The received wisdom says to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that doesn't reflect current medical practice.
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the conventional wisdom

Common knowledge that is held to be true, but may not be. The conventional wisdom says to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that doesn't reflect current medical practice.
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Experience is the father of wisdom,

 and Experience is the mother of wisdom.
Prov. The more that happens to you, the more you will learn. I never understood why supervisors got so frustrated with me until I became a supervisor and got frustrated with my subordinates. Experience was definitely the mother of wisdom, in my case.
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conventional wisdom

A widely held belief on which most people act. For example, According to conventional wisdom, an incumbent nearly always wins more votes than a new candidate . This term was invented by John Kenneth Galbraith, who used it in The Affluent Society (1958) to describe economic ideas that are familiar, predictable, and therefore accepted by the general public. Today it is used in any context where public opinion has considerable influence on the course of events.
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a pearl of wisdom

If you describe something that someone has said or written as a pearl of wisdom, you mean that it sounds very wise or helpful. I tried to attract the attention of a passing waitress and waited for Josh's next pearl of wisdom. We here in Arkansas are always so grateful for all the pearls of wisdom that may fall from Mr. Greenberg's lips. Note: People usually use this expression humorously, to suggest that in fact they think the person is saying something very obvious, boring or silly.
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in someone's wisdom

used ironically to suggest that an action is not well judged.
1992 Rugby World & Post In their wisdom Ciaran Fitzgerald and his selectors decided to dispense with the incumbent, Rob Saunders , and bring Aherne back for his thirteenth Irish cap.
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pearls of ˈwisdom

(usually ironic) good advice; wise remarks: They all gathered round her, hoping for some of her pearls of wisdom.
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conventional/received ˈwisdom

the view or belief that most people have: Conventional wisdom has it that riots only ever happen in big cities.The term conventional wisdom was first used by the economist John Kenneth Galbraith in his book The Affluent Society.

in your, his, etc. (infinite) ˈwisdom

used when you are saying that you do not understand why somebody has done something: The government in its wisdom has decided to support the ban.
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To obtain these 80 words, we asked nine psychology doctoral students to use a 5-point Likert scale, with scores ranging from 1 = strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree, to evaluate to what degree the 494 words were associated with wisdom.
Leeds-born Wisdom, who can play full-back or centre-back, joined the Liverpool Academy from Bradford City in 2008.
Morton carefully tracks the personal and professional connections between Wisdom and her friends, mentors, and colleagues, showing how social workers were influenced by progressive trends in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States.
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Quran emphasizes the importance of wisdom throughout its text.
In the traditional order of Proverbs to "Pseudo-Solomon," each wisdom book receives a chapter's worth of discussion.
He learned to play instruments like the saxophone, clarinet, piano and The day Wisdom Mr Jiggs at London drums during his army stint and he would say later that joining the army saved him.
For example, in the abovementioned verses, the poet kept up the goodness of wisdom and the verses are didactic and praising.
Sadly though, it is not included in the DNA baton passed on to the next generation because humans mostly reproduce before such wisdom is captured in our genetic reservoir.
Along with the official inauguration of Wisdom International Academy, Wisdom IT, the IT division of Wisdom Group was launched by the Minister for Industries and IT, Shri PK Kunhalikutty, Wisdom silver jubilee celebration was officially launched by Minister for Home and Vigilance, Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Wisdom Media School was officially launched by the Education Minister, Shri Abdu Rabb.
Anaya understands that wisdom does not come easy because "Wisdom is to be cultivated.
The idea is that many species are well adapted to their environment, and if you want to consider the ability to survive and prosper as a type of wisdom, then perhaps that wisdom resides in many organisms.
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Having wisdom teeth removed during young adulthood not only improves dental and oral health, but may also reduce the chance of illness later in life, according to research from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), surgeons and academics.
In tribute, the Beeb has dusted down Wonderland: The Secret Life of Norman Wisdom Aged 923/4, a 2008 documentary which, as well as giving an insight into one of Britain's best-loved entertainers, offers a compelling insight into a subject close to the hearts of many families across the UK - how best to care for an elderly parent.