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Google has been penalizing this site in its search rankings for years and a Google employee lied about it. Since they have almost killed this site, I am going to start releasing details on Monday August 17 of my conversation with the Google employee who told me about the penalty in secret. More here.
Google has been penalizing this site in its search rankings for years and a Google employee lied about it. I am going to start releasing details on Monday August 17 of my conversation with the Google employee who told me about the penalty in secret. More here.
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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: Can be said when impatiently waiting for someone to follow you. Double meaning of coming and orgasm.
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.

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: to have sexual intercourse.
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: an amount of violence.
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: an emphatic "yes".
Definitions include: better than all that.
Definitions include: the best.

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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