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Definition of school of hard knocks

school of hard knocks

  • the metaphorical "school" of bad experiences.
    I'm a graduate of the school of hard knocks.

    Last edited on Oct 03 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Oct 03 2009.

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Other terms relating to 'hard':

Definitions include: in an impossible situation.
Definitions include: very good.
Definitions include: To say "I go Hard in the paint" for example means I'm not to be played with, I'm serious with mine.
Definitions include: "cool", "neat", "awesome".
Definitions include: liquor.
Definitions include: a stubborn person.
Definitions include: non-romanticized.
Definitions include: To be an aficionado, usually but not exclusively, at partying.
Definitions include: Hard work
Definitions include: a life during which many bad things happen.
Definitions include: tough.
Definitions include: an erect penis.
Definitions include: unattractive.
Definitions include: a difficult thing to accept.
Definitions include: hard drugs.

Other terms relating to 'knock':

Definitions include: a life during which many bad things happen.
Definitions include: to impregnate.
Definitions include: variant of "knock around".
Definitions include: to mistreat.
Definitions include: to drink.
Definitions include: to have sexual intercourse.
Definitions include: to impress.
Definitions include: A formal introduction-
Definitions include: stolen.
Definitions include: In a deep sleep.
Definitions include: Also the past tense of "knock up".
Definitions include: adverb - really, very, conveying a sense of the extreme.
Definitions include: stop.
Definitions include: Used to describe sex.
Definitions include: a forgery.

Other terms relating to 'of':

Definitions include: a worthless person.
Definitions include: sexual activity.
Definitions include: a good estimate.
Definitions include: a little crazy
Definitions include: of lower than average intelligence.
Definitions include: "not all there".
Definitions include: skittish.
Definitions include: having an opinion or belief prior to it becoming common or popular.
Definitions include: an impressive.
Definitions include: an impressive.
Definitions include: many.
Definitions include: better than all that.
Definitions include: the best.
Definitions include: something or someone cherished above all others.
Definitions include: a fictional location used to denote a place that is very remote.

Other terms relating to 'school':

Definitions include: business school.
Definitions include: See school.
Definitions include: old.
Definitions include: a college or university applied to that is sure to accept the applicant, in case the applicant is rejected by all other schools applied to.
Definitions include: to strongly defeat during a competitive activity. Etymology: someone that was "schooled" has been "taken to school."
Definitions include: a way of saying the individual wasn't bright.
Definitions include: to defeat.
Definitions include: with an exaggerated sense of one's coolness.

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