The minstrel, like the fighters, revels in hard knocks and rough jests.
That is where the ball is, and there are the keen players to be met, and the glory and the hard knocks to be got.
Of course there would be some hard knocks, but he expected that, for he was going to rough it!
We went through the same school of hard knocks together—all of us.
Soldiers deal in hard knocks, ...